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87 new COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts; Total of 686


BOSTON (WPRI) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Saturday announced 87 new deaths from COVID-19 bringing the total up to 686.

Six of those patients were from Bristol County and included two women in their 50s and 70s, a man in his 60s, two men in their 70s, and a man in his 80s.

Additionally, there are 1,886 new cases for a total of 22,860.

108,776 people in the state have been tested for the virus, up 6,404 since Friday.

View the breakdown of cases by county>>

Earlier on Saturday, Gov. Charlie Baker addressed residents from the site of the state’s first decontamination facility for personal protective equipment.

The Somerville facility features the Batelle Critical Care Decontamination System, which can decontaminate up to 80,000 masks per day. It was recently authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration.

Massachusetts also launched a new mobile-friendly unemployment benefits application for Spanish speakers. You can access it at mass.gov/desempleo.

“It will ensure Spanish speaking residents who are struggling with the economic disruptions associated with this virus can access unemployment services benefits,” Gov. Baker said.

The Department of Unemployment Assistance is also working to launch additional language applications in the coming days.

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