Mass. reports no new COVID-19 deaths; Baker issues new travel guidelines

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BOSTON (WPRI) — No COVID-19 patients in Massachusetts have died in the past day, according to data released Tuesday afternoon by the Mass. Department of Public Health.

The DPH also reported 73 new confirmed cases and 41 new probable cases.

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

Earlier on Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced new travel guidelines, saying anyone visiting or returning home to Massachusetts should self-quarantine for 14 days beginning on Wednesday, July 1.

However, travelers arriving from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey are exempt from the directive, along with those designated by the federal government as essential infrastructure workers.

Baker said he included the exemptions because surrounding states are seeing a significant decline in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, similar to Massachusetts.

“We are home to many destinations that people usually travel to visit from all over the world, and there is no doubt this season will be different,” Baker said. “It is our hope that many folks will still be able to visit their favorite places in our great state.”

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts, and visitors are reminded that the use of face coverings in public places is required.

More: Massachusetts travel guidelines (Mass.gov) »

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo imposed new travel restrictions on Tuesday as the state entered Phase 3 of her reopening plan. Anyone traveling to Rhode Island from a state that has a daily positivity rate of 5% or greater must self-quarantine for 14 days.

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