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24 additional coronavirus deaths, 1,334 new cases reported in Massachusetts

24 additional coronavirus deaths, 1,334 new cases reported in Massachusetts

24 additional coronavirus deaths, 1,334 new cases reported in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed 24 new COVID-19-related deaths across the state as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the state’s total to 216.All of the newly reported deaths involved patients who were 70 or older and the daily report shows that at least 11 of the victims had preexisting conditions. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to a new total of 11,736 Saturday, up from 10,402 on Friday, DPH reported.The DPH said 480 of the cases have been reported statewide at 94 different long-term care facilities.County breakdown of cases:Barnstable County: 330 Berkshire County: 253 Bristol County: 601 Dukes County: 7 Essex County: 1,400 Franklin County: 95 Hampden County: 733Hampshire County: 125 Middlesex County: 2,468 Nantucket County: 9Norfolk County: 1,199 Plymouth County: 898 Suffolk County: 2,429 Worcester County: 915The county of residence of 274 Massachusetts patients are unknown. As of Saturday afternoon, DPH said 68,800 people have been tested in Massachusetts.According to state health officials, patients are known to have been hospitalized in 1,068 cases, while 3,378 patients did not have to be hospitalized. DPH said 7,290 cases remain under investigation.The number of people currently under quarantine in Massachusetts grew sharply over the past week, according to weekly data released Wednesday by the Department of Public Health.The latest update, released on April 1, indicated that 5,176 people are in quarantine and being monitored as of Tuesday evening. That’s up from last week, when the number of people under active quarantine was 2,147. Meanwhile, the number of people who have completed quarantine also grew from 1,655 last week to 3,218 this week. A state’s stay-at-home advisory and mandatory closure of nonessential businesses is in effect in Massachusetts through May 4.It instructs all residents except for employees of essential businesses to stay home, with an exception for outdoor exercise and trips to get needed items such as groceries or medicine.President Donald Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines until the end of April.The governor urged residents to respect the guidance and “play their part,” in order to protect public health and help officials limit the surge in cases that is expected to come around mid-April.Baker called distancing “our single greatest weapon” against the virus.PHNjcmlwdCBpZD0iaW5mb2dyYW1fMF85MTUyMTg3My03NmRhLTQ0ZmUtOTA0Ny1mMTllZWFlZGFjNmQiIHRpdGxlPSJDb3JvbmF2aXJ1cyBpbiBNYXNzYWNodXNldHRzIiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZS5pbmZvZ3JhbS5jb20vanMvZGlzdC9lbWJlZC5qcz9yeXoiIHR5cGU9InRleHQvamF2YXNjcmlwdCI+PC9zY3JpcHQ+Cg==.

BOSTON —

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed 24 new COVID-19-related deaths across the state as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the state’s total to 216.

All of the newly reported deaths involved patients who were 70 or older and the daily report shows that at least 11 of the victims had preexisting conditions.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to a new total of 11,736 Saturday, up from 10,402 on Friday, DPH reported.

The DPH said 480 of the cases have been reported statewide at 94 different long-term care facilities.

County breakdown of cases:

  • Barnstable County: 330
  • Berkshire County: 253
  • Bristol County: 601
  • Dukes County: 7
  • Essex County: 1,400
  • Franklin County: 95
  • Hampden County: 733
  • Hampshire County: 125
  • Middlesex County: 2,468
  • Nantucket County: 9
  • Norfolk County: 1,199
  • Plymouth County: 898
  • Suffolk County: 2,429
  • Worcester County: 915

The county of residence of 274 Massachusetts patients are unknown.

As of Saturday afternoon, DPH said 68,800 people have been tested in Massachusetts.

According to state health officials, patients are known to have been hospitalized in 1,068 cases, while 3,378 patients did not have to be hospitalized. DPH said 7,290 cases remain under investigation.

The number of people currently under quarantine in Massachusetts grew sharply over the past week, according to weekly data released Wednesday by the Department of Public Health.

The latest update, released on April 1, indicated that 5,176 people are in quarantine and being monitored as of Tuesday evening. That’s up from last week, when the number of people under active quarantine was 2,147.

Meanwhile, the number of people who have completed quarantine also grew from 1,655 last week to 3,218 this week.

A state’s stay-at-home advisory and mandatory closure of nonessential businesses is in effect in Massachusetts through May 4.

It instructs all residents except for employees of essential businesses to stay home, with an exception for outdoor exercise and trips to get needed items such as groceries or medicine.

President Donald Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines until the end of April.

The governor urged residents to respect the guidance and “play their part,” in order to protect public health and help officials limit the surge in cases that is expected to come around mid-April.

Baker called distancing “our single greatest weapon” against the virus.

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