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Mass. health officials confirm 9 new COVID-19 deaths


BOSTON (WPRI) — The Department of Public Health (DPH) on Saturday confirmed 9 new COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 44 in the Commonwealth.

The state has now tested more than 35,000 residents, according to the DPH, and 4,257 have tested positive — an increase of 1017 since Friday.

The latest deaths involved an Essex County woman in her 60s, a Suffolk County woman in her 80s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 50s from Worcester County, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 80s from Norfolk County, and three patients from Hampden County – a man in his 70s, a man in his 80s, and a woman in her 90s.

Five of the patients had preexisting conditions and five had been hospitalized prior to their deaths.

Bristol County now has 179 confirmed cases and there are 133 cases in Barnstable County and 490 cases in Norfolk County.

On Friday, Governor Baker announced that all travelers arriving in Massachusetts are now being instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

In addition, the individual income tax filing deadline has been moved from April 15 to July 15.

Earlier this week, the state of Massachusetts launched a text-based notification system to keep residents informed. Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to subscribe.

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