State Seeks Donations of Protective Equipment, Health Volunteers; Number of New Cases Lower

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Massachusetts officials will be taking donations of personal protection equipment (PPE), and seeks health professional volunteers to assist during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced the creation of the PPE Procurement and Donation Portal on Sunday.

The state seeks donations of a variety of things, including: surgical masks, N95/99 respirator masks, gloves, goggles, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. See the entire list and how to donate by clicking here:

The state needs help dealing with the increasing number of cases of COVID-19.

“We also need more volunteers to help support our response to this unprecedented public health emergency, and urge people to sign up to lend a hand,” Baker said, according to the NBC 10 Boston story.

Health professionals can get more information and volunteer by clicking here:

The new cases of COVID-19 were up by several hundred, but did not increase as much as the prior two days. Massachusetts had 698 new Coronavirus cases, which is lower than the previous two days (1,017 on Saturday and 823 on Friday) the Mass. Department of Public Health’s daily report shows, for a total of 4,955. Also, four more people died from the virus, for a total of 48.

One more case was reported in Watertown, according to the Watertown Health Department’s COVID-19 page, bringing the total in town to 28.

UPDATE: The latest numbers, as of Monday afternoon, brought the number of cases in Watertown up to 29, and increased by 97 in Massachusetts to 5,752, according to the MassDPH announcement. While larger than the number of new positives cases on Sunday, the number is still below the new cases on Friday and Saturday.

There were also eight additional COVID-19 deaths, raising the total to 56, and 453 people have been hospitalized. Middlesex County’s cases went over 1,000, to 1,141.

The age groups for the cases are:

  • 19 and under: 122
  • 20-29: 953
  • 30-39: 1,031
  • 40-49: 948
  • 50-59: 1,088
  • 60-69: 802
  • 70 and over: 801

The age is unknown in seven cases.

A total of 42,793 people have been tested, and 5,752 people (13.4 percent) tested positive.

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