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 107,837 on Thursday and 7,963 virus-related deaths.
Of the 226 new coronavirus cases, 66 are newly probable and 160 are newly confirmed.
Of the 25 new deaths, 24 have been confirmed and one is 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, 8,107 are from Bristol County, 45 from Dukes County, 15,952 from Essex County, 362 from Franklin County, 6,658 from Hampden County, 952 from Hampshire County, 23,741 from Middlesex County, 9,082 from Norfolk County, 14 from Nantucket County, 8,625 from Plymouth County, 19,664 from Suffolk County, 12,236 from Worcester County and 283 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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