Health officials announce 172 new coronavirus cases and 48 deaths, bringing death toll to 7,938

BOSTON (WHDH) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has begun releasing data on both probable and confirmed cases of coronavirus elevating the total number of cases to 107,611 on Wednesday and 7,938 virus-related deaths.

Of the 172 new coronavirus cases, 61 are newly probable and 111 are newly confirmed.

Of the 48 deaths, 42 have been confirmed and six are probable.

Monday, June 1 was the first day that the government began reporting probable and confirmed cases under recommendation from the CDC. Probable cases are defined as  individuals who have not been tested by the standard viral (molecular) test.

They have either had a positive antibody test and either had COVID symptoms or were likely to be exposed to a positive case or did not have an antibody test but had COVID symptoms and were known to be exposed to a positive case.

Probable cases also include individuals whose death certificate listed COVID-19 as a cause of death but who were not tested.

The county break-down now includes probable case counts.

1,525 are from Barnstable County, 591 are from Berkshire County, 8,086 are from Bristol County, 45 from Dukes County, 15,920 from Essex County, 359 from Franklin County, 6,633 from Hampden County, 950 from Hampshire County, 23,697 from Middlesex County, 9,056 from Norfolk County, 14 from Nantucket County, 8,610 from Plymouth County, 19,628 from Suffolk County, 12,207 from Worcester County and 290 are unknown, according to the DPH.

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Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. Reported worldwide illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, typically between people who are in close contact with one another and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest coronavirus quarantine update shows that about 68,141 Bay State residents have been either monitored or quarantined for the disease since the pandemic began.

About 65,470 of those individuals have completed their quarantine while about 2,671 remain.

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