Mass. Surpasses 72,000 Coronavirus Cases

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With an additional 1,754 coronavirus cases, Massachusetts surpassed 72,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

According to the state Department of Public Health, an additional 208 deaths were also attributed to the virus, bringing the state's death toll to 4,420. That's more than ten times what the death toll was four weeks ago.

Based on the breakdown of cases by town and city, DPH says Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, and Randolph have some of the state's the highest rates of infection per 100,000 residents.

Hours before DPH released Wednesday's data, Gov. Baker had attributed a plan to reopen "certain industries" starting May 18 partially on the state's decline in positive test results. Over the past ten days, between 10-20 percent of people being tested for COVID-19 in Massachusetts were testing positive. On Wednesday, DPH reported a spike to a 28 percent positive test rate.

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