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March 26, 2020

Massachusetts coronavirus cases rise 32%, Worcester County by 29%

Photo | Grant Welker A tent outside Saint Vincent Hospital's emergency department is helping the hospital care for patients.

Confirmed coronavirus cases spiked again Thursday across Massachusetts, but with a slightly less steep incline than the day before.

Statewide cases now total, 2,417, a jump of 32% in one day, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In Worcester County, cases rose 29% to 166.

The state also reported 10 additional deaths, including a fourth in Worcester County, a man in his 70s who had pre-existing conditions. The 25 people who have died ranged in age from 50s to 90s.

[Related: FSU donates medical supplies to MetroWest Medical Center]

As of Thursday afternoon, cases in the city of Worcester itself total 38, an increase of 11 from the day prior.

The rising numbers come as state officials have also been rapidly increasing testing for the virus. By Thursday, tests totaled 23,500, including 3,827 in the last day alone. Tests have been conducted at hospitals, a state laboratory and by private firms including Marlborough's Quest Diagnostics, which itself has conducted more than 11,000 tests.

[Related: Senate to debate bill aimed at better coronavirus care capacity]

Massachusetts had the nation's ninth highest confirmed cases count before Thursday's new totals, according to a New York Times tally.

Johns Hopkins University of Maryland has reported nearly 80,000 U.S. cases, with 1,124 deaths. Worldwide cases total more than 521,000, with more than 23,000 deaths.

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