Mass. Public Health Dept. announces 4 new coronavirus deaths
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Massachusetts Public Health Department announced four more deaths from coronavirus, bringing the state-wide total to 15 since the pandemic first struck.
Two of the deaths were reported as men in their 80s, one from Norfolk and one from Barnstable County. The others were a woman and a man in their 70s, both from Worcester County.
Three had known pre-existing conditions, and the other had an unknown pre-existing condition, according to a statement the department issued Wednesday afternoon.
The state announced 679 new cases of the virus, bringing the total to 1,838. As the numbers continue to climb, the state has expanded its testing capacity, which is likely to account for more positive cases.
The department is still advising that those experiencing mild symptoms should check with their healthcare provider to determine if they should be tested. Those without symptoms should still continue to practice social distancing.
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