151 new deaths in Massachusetts as statewide fatalities climb to 1,108
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)– Another grim milestone was set in Massachusetts as statewide fatalities climbed to 1,108 Wednesday afternoon.
For the second day in a row, the state saw over 100 deaths from COVID-19. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced 151 new fatalities today. The cumulative total of cases now stands at 29,918, with 1,755 cases added from yesterday.
Governor Charlie Baker confirmed the state was in the midst of its surge at a press conference before noon.
Appearing on the verge of tears, Baker described the tolls of the virus in personal terms, remarking how his best friend’s mother had passed away and the family was unable to hold a funeral.
Acknowledging the toll the virus has taken on the state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities, Baker announced $130 million in increased funding to support additional staffing, infection control, and supply costs.
The state has also sought to increase mobile testing at the facilities, administering 4,500 tests at 264 locations as of Tuesday.
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