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ASHLAND – The Town of Ashland is reporting 5 more cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

As of Tuesday, April 21, the Town of Ashland has 83 positive cases.

That is a 6.4% increase in cases over the last 24 hours

The good news is that 44 individuals, or more than 50% have recovered.

Neighboring Framingham has more than 374 cases, the most in MetroWest.

The Governor said the surge in cases could come between April 10 and yesterday, April 20.

Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced he is closing schools physically for the remaining 2019-2020 school year.

Massachusetts is “still very much in the grip of the pandemic,” said Gov. Baker.

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There is no cure and no vaccine, reminded the Governor, speaking at a press conference today.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts reported 1,556 new COVID-19 positive cases within the last 24 hours. Yesterday, the Commonwealth reported 1566 cases.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 41,199 positive cases since the pandemic began, as of April 21.

Really important for people to understand what is at stake, said Gov. Baker.

“Doing it wrong could create more hardship in the long run,” said the Governor.

“We are in this together Massachusetts,” said Gov. Baker. “We will come out of this stronger.”

As of today at 4 p.m., the state has tested 175,372

The Commonwealth announced 152 new deaths from COVID-19 today, April 21.

That brings the total since the pandemic began to 1,961 deaths.

(Editor’s Note: The state report does say the deaths it reports every 24 hours may not have happened in the last 24 hours.)

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.