New Coronavirus Numbers: 138 Cases Now In Massachusetts

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

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, there are a total of 138 COVID-19 cased in Massachusetts; 119 are presumptive positive cases, 19 have been confirmed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of patients testing positive for coronavirus in Massachusetts has jumped significantly over the past week, from 13 cases last Saturday to 138 cases today.

The announcement comes moments after Worcester, Cape Cod, and North Andover announced their first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. In the case of North Andover, town officials said it was "not a community spread instance of the illness."

There are now 1,080 people in Massachusetts subject to quarantine. 638 have completed quarantine, 445 are currently undergoing monitoring for coronavirus symptoms.

During a press briefing at the White House on Saturday, the Trump Administration's coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx said even people without symptoms of coronavirus could be spreading it around.

"Until you really understand how many people are asymptomatic, and asymptomatically passing the virus on, we think it's better for the entire American public to know that the risk of serious illness may be low, but they could be potentially spreading the virus to others," Birx said. "That's why we're asking every American to take personal responsibility to prevent that spread."

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