BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — For the first time in five days, Massachusetts has seen an increase in the number of daily coronavirus cases.
On Wednesday, the state recorded 1,745 new cases. That was after five days of a moderate decline in new daily cases that began last Saturday.
According to the federal guidelines for states looking to lift mitigation efforts, the state must record a downward trajectory for 14-days in order to begin phase one.
The state also saw their highest single-day death total on Wednesday with 221 new deaths. This brings the total number of deaths since the start of the crisis up to 2,182. There are 42,944 COVID-19 cases total.
Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts needs to stay the course to reduce the spread of the virus.
“Keep up our efforts to stay home, socially distance, wear a mask, and respect and understand the issues associated with this virus,” Baker said.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports