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4 more coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 679 new cases

Four more people in Massachusetts have died from coronavirus, state health officials announced Wednesday as they also reported 679 new cases — reaching another one-day record high as the Bay State ramps up testing.

Fifteen people in Massachusetts have now died from coronavirus.

The four new deaths were: a man in his 80s from Norfolk County with pre-existing conditions; a man in his 80s from Barnstable County with pre-existing conditions; a man in his 70s from Worcester County with unknown pre-existing conditions; and a woman in her 70s from Worcester County with pre-existing conditions.

The Bay State’s total confirmed coronavirus cases is now 1,838 — an increase of 679 cases from the day before.

Of the 1,838 confirmed cases in the Bay State, 1,501 cases are under investigation.

Of the remaining cases, 99 cases are tied to the Biogen employee conference in Boston’s downtown waterfront in late February, 146 are tied to local transmission, and 92 are travel-related.

Middlesex County has the most confirmed cases with 446. Suffolk County has 342 confirmed cases, Norfolk County has 222 confirmed cases, and Essex County has 177 confirmed cases.

The total number of tests in Massachusetts went up to 19,794 on Wednesday, an increase of 6,045 from the day before.

More than 60,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and more than 800 people across the country have died from the highly contagious disease.

More than 460,000 cases have been confirmed around the world, and at least 20,000 people have died from the disease. More than 113,000 people have recovered.

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