BOSTON – The surge is not over in Massachusetts.
For the first time since the pandemic, began the state reported more than 3,000 cases.
After two days of reporting positive cases in the 1,500s, today, April 23, the number jumped to 3,079.
The state also reported 178 new deaths.
Massachusetts is “still very much in the grip of the pandemic,” said Gov. Baker yesterday.
There is no cure and no vaccine, reminded the Governor, speaking at a press conference.
Massachusets Governor Charlie Baker had said the surge in COVID-19 cases was expected between April 10 and April 20.
Washington DC has said Boston is on the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19.
Massachusetts is third behind New York and New Jersey for positive coronavirus cases in the United States.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 46,023 positive cases since the pandemic began, as of April 23.
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 180,462 individuals.
Today was the largest day for tests – 14,614.
Since the pandemic began, the Commonwealth is now reporting 2,360 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.)
Governor Baker said the number of hospitalization in the Commonwealth is still increasing. he called it a “modest increase, but an increase.”
Middlesex County has the most positive cases at 10,724.
Framingham has the most cases in MetroWest, at 435 cases,as of yesterday. The City has not released data today.
The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 856,209, as April 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Worldwide, there are more than 2.68 million confirmed cases.
The Centers for Disease Control is reporting 46,379 deaths as of noon on April 23.
The U.S. is leading the world in COVID-19 deaths.
It is important for residents to continue to practice social distancing.
Last month, the Governor said anyone entering the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Governor extended his order for non-essential businesses to close or operate remotely until May 4. he said he would have an update on this order soon.
The Governor announced a new coronavirus alert system this week that will let residents get updates from state officials sent directly to their cell phones. Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to sign up. The state has added a Spanish language component.