Massachusetts Now Has 646 Coronavirus Cases, Five Deaths

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced the daily updated number of coronavirus cases in the state.

There are 121 new cases, making a total of 646 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Governor Charlie Baker said he expected the number of positive results to increase because the level of testing has increased this week, including two drive-thru coronavirus testing locations in Shrewsbury and Somerville.

As of Sunday, March 22 there were five deaths related to coronavirus in Massachusetts. In a statement, DPH said two men in their 70s from Hampden and Berkshire counties, and a third man in his 90s from Suffolk County– have died from COVID-19-related illness.

"All three men were hospitalized. The Berkshire County man was reported to have an underlying health condition but all three men were in an age group that is more likely to experience severe disease from COVID-19 regardless of prior health status," the statement said.

This follows the announcement of the first two COVID-19-related death in Massachusetts over the weekend; a man in his 80's from Winthrop, and a woman in her 50s from Middlesex County.

As of Sunday at 4 p.m., DPH said 6,004 people in Massachusetts have been tested for coronavirus.

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