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BOSTON — Massachusetts has surged past 1,000 deaths as the state struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Wednesday.
The state Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 1,108 people have died — including 151 who died in the past 24 hours — making it the deadliest day for the state since the start of the outbreak.
Overall, nearly 30,000 cases have been confirmed, making Massachusetts a hotspot in the Northeast. About 530 of the deaths occurred in long-term care facilities.
“We are in the surge,” Gov. Charlie Baker said at a morning press conference Wednesday.
The state’s first COVID-19 death was reported on March 20. More than 132,000 people in Massachusetts have been tested for the virus.
Baker said behind each statistic is a cherished life.
“What I really think about mostly are the stories and the people who are behind the stories,” Baker said, adding that the deaths are made all the more painful because families are denied the chance to engage in critical rituals.
“What I’m really thinking about is all those people who aren’t going to have a chance to say goodbye,” he said.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.
Associated Press reporter Alanna Durkin Richer contributed to this story.
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