Baker sees hopeful COVID-19 trends; shutdown sparks protest

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BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is seeing hopeful data about efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

He pointed in part to a general decline in new hospitalizations for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

On Monday, the Mass. Department of Public Health reported 1,000 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 69,087, along with 86 more deaths related to the virus for a total of 4,090.

Roughly 5% of the state’s cases are currently hospitalized, according to the DPH, and 908 patients are in the ICU.

Full breakdown of COVID-19 data (Mass.gov) »

Earlier on Monday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Massachusetts Statehouse calling on Baker to lift his declaration of a state of emergency and stay-at-home advisory aimed at limiting the virus’s spread.

Video: Protesters in Boston push for reopening of state

Few of those gathered were wearing masks. Most were crowded together and not staying 6 feet apart as recommended for social distancing efforts.

For more information on COVID-19 in Massachusetts, visit Mass.gov, call 211 or text COVIDMA or COVIDMAESP (Spanish) to 888-777 to receive text notifications.

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