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ASHLAND – The Town of Ashland is reporting a total of 162 positive coronavirus cases as of today, May 8, and an increase of 8 new cases in the last 24 hours, and 17 cases in the last 48 hours.

In the last 24 hours, the community has seen a 5.2% increase in positive COVID-19 cases.

It is unknown how many residents have been tested in Ashland.

The good news is that 83 of those who have tested positive for the virus have recovered.

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The Town of Ashland is not reporting how many individuals have died from COVID-19 or complications from the virus.

But, SOURCE has reported that Waterview Lodge has had 7 fatalities.

And the Residences at Valley Farm on Route 126 in Ashland has had 2 deaths.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts surpassed 75,000 coronavirus cases today, May 8.

Massachusetts ranks third in the United States behind New York, and New Jersey for the most positive cases.

The State of Massachusetts has more positive COVID-19 cases than the entire country of Canada, which has 67,156 total cases.

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The state reported 1,612 new cases in the last 24 hours. That brings the total number of positive cases in Massachusetts to 75,333

The state tested 14,391 individuals in the last 24 hours

As of May 7 at 4 p.m., the state has tested 366.023 individuals.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts reported 150 deaths COVID-19 today, May 7. That brings the total number of fatalities due to the coronavirus since the pandemic in Massachusetts to 4,702.

There is no cure and no vaccine for COVID-19, at this time.

Governor Charlie Baker issued an order to require a face covering starting May 6. Click here to read the order.

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Two weeks ago, the number of COVID-19 cases hospitalized was at 9%. A good sign is the number has been 5% over the weekend and every day this week, until today, May 8 when it dropped to 4%.

Another good sign, the number of individuals in ICUs in the state is under 900 for the first time yesterday and today.

Middlesex County has the most positive cases at 17,014. In comparison, Barnstable County on Cape Cod has 1,038 cases.

Framingham has the most cases in MetroWest at almost 1,200 cases.

The City of Framingham is also among the top 20 communities with coronavirus cases in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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

The United States now has the most confirmed cases worldwide 1.27 million cases as of 4 p.m. May 8.

Worldwide, there are almost 4 million confirmed cases.

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting 73,297 deaths as of noon, May 7.

The U.S. is leading the world in COVID-19 deaths, with more than 26,000 deaths in New York.

For all SOURCE reports related to the Coronavirus, click here.

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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.