More Than 10,000 Coronavirus Cases In Massachusetts


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There are now more than 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. More than half of those cases have been confirmed within the past week.

The state Department of Public Health reports nearly 63,000 people across the Commonwealth have been tested for coronavirus since the first case was confirmed on February 1.

On Friday, the state reported an additional 1,436 positive tests since the day before, for a total of 10,402 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Mass. DPH also reported another 38 deaths on Friday. That brings the state's death toll to 192 since the first death was attributed to coronavirus in Massachusetts just over two weeks ago.

According to a text message sent Saturday morning to those who have signed up for alerts from the city, "nearly 80 percent of COVID-19 cases in Boston were in persons 20-59 years of age."

The counties with the highest number of coronavirus cases are Middlesex County with 2,202 cases, followed by Suffolk County with 2,183 cases, Essex County with 1,238 cases, and Norfolk County with 1,045 cases.

The state says 82 long-term care facilities have at least one confirmed case of coronavirus. This comes after Gov. Baker announced an investigation had been launched into the deaths of 21 veterans at Holyoke Soldiers' Home last week, at least 15 of which were attributed to coronavirus.

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