Massachusetts sees 159 new fatalities, over 2000 new cases

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Fatalities from COVID-19 continued to climb in Massachusetts as the state’s Department of Public Health reported another 159 fatalities Friday.

The state reported 2,221 new cases, giving it a total of 34,402.

Suffolk and Middlesex counties continued to vastly outpace the rest of the state in the numbers of positive cases, reporting over 7,000 each. Bristol County has reported 1,659 cases to date.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced efforts to support isolation and recovery efforts for the state’s homeless population. Sites providing nursing staff and security have been set-up in Everett, Lexington, Northampton, Pittsfield, and Taunton. The sites add another 550 beds to field hospitals already set-up in Boston and Newton, according to a statement form Baker.

Additionally, an expedited process will help to provide protective and sanitation equipment to the states homeless shelters, along with tents and other gear to support on-site quarantines.

The governor also highlighted efforts that will increase funding for foster parents, adding another $100 per child to monthly reimbursements.

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