BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced three more cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 95.
In addition, state officials said, six of those cases have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health authorities in the state now have more power to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. Massachusetts' Board of Health voted Wednesday to give Commissioner Monica Bharel the authority to impose isolation and quarantine.
Local boards of health already had the authority to subject people to quarantine; now, a day after Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency over the virus's spread, the state has that authority, too.
"It really helps us be prepared for what may come our way," Bharel said.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports