Mass. DPH reports 1,696 new cases; 132 more deaths from COVID-19

Gov. Baker praised the state's efforts in contact tracing at a briefing Thursday

BOSTON (WLNE)- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 1,696 new cases of COVID-19, with an additional 132 deaths from the virus on Thursday.

Gov. Charlie Baker  praised the expanded testing being done across the state at a briefing earlier.

The governor said less than 16 percent of tests over the past week had returned positive results, lower than any point through the month of April.

The governor also highlighted efforts that would continue with contact tracing with the Community Tracing Collaborative, a partnership between healthcare providers, state and municipal government.

Baker said the collaborative had reached out to 14,000 positive individuals, and engaged with 7,500 of their contacts since the program was launched in mid-April.

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