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BOSTON – On the last day of April 2020, Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 1,940 positive cases since the pandemic began.

This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker extended the order to keep non-essential businesses closed through May 18.

Since 2020, the state has had 62,205 confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus.

The state is reporting a 3.2% increase in coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

Since the pandemic began, the Commonwealth is now reporting 3,563 deaths.

The Commonwealth reported 157 new deaths in the last 24 hours.

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

There is no cure and no vaccine.

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As of today at 4 p.m., the state has tested 275,647 individuals.

The state tested more than 10,000 individuals in the last 24 hours

Last week, the number of COVID-19 cases hospitalized was at 9%.

A good sign it has been at 6% today & yesterday, with about 1,000 individuals in ICUs in hospitals.

Middlesex County has the most positive cases at 14,208. In comparison Berkshire County has just 442 cases.

Framingham has the most cases in MetroWest at more than 700 positive cases. The City has not released numbers for today.

The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide 1.054 million cases as of 4 p.m. April 30.

Worldwide, there are more than 3.255 million confirmed cases.

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The Centers for Disease Control is reporting 60,057 deaths as of noon today, April 30, with 2,552 reported in the last 24 hours.

The U.S. is leading the world in COVID-19 deaths, with more than 18,000 deaths in New York.

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The CDC recommended Americans were cloth masks in public.

It is important for residents to continue to practice social distancing.

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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.

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.