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State reports 20 COVID-19 deaths; firefighters test positive

October 5, 2020 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts reported 20 newly confirmed coronavirus deaths and about 460 newly confirmed cases Monday, pushing the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 9,315 and its confirmed caseload to more than 132,900.

The seven-day weighted average of positive tests has topped 1%. The true number of cases is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

There were more than 470 people reported hospitalized Monday because of COVID-19, and nearly 90 in intensive care units.

The number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 related deaths at care homes rose to 6,174 or about 64% of all confirmed and probable deaths in Massachusetts attributed to the disease.

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FIREFIGHTERS-CORONAVIRUS

Another Attleboro firefighter has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing to 12 the number of people who work for the department who have tested positive, officials say.

The cases include 10 firefighters and two dispatchers, Paul Jacques, president of Attleboro Firefighters Local 848, said Sunday in a statement released to The Sun Chronicle.

“These10 firefighters and two dispatchers continue to be quarantined and are being monitored according to public health guidelines,” he said.

One was a deputy chief who was hospitalized but has since been discharged to recover at home, Mayor Paul Heroux said Sunday.

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Dozens of other members of the department tested negative and test results are pending for several more members of the department, officials say.

The department has 94 firefighters and eight dispatchers.

Fire Chief Scott Lachance said the outbreak in the department has not affected public safety.

In Worcester, 22 firefighters are quarantining after one of them tested positive Sunday night, a city spokesman said.

One firefighter tested positive and 21 others who may have come in contact with that person have been quarantined, city spokesman Walter Bird told MassLive.com.

The fire station they worked at will be thoroughly cleaned, he said, but did not disclose the exact site.