MA reports 550 new coronavirus cases

Four states have been added to Massachusetts' 'low-risk' travel list

More Than 9500 Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths In Massachusetts

Department of Public Health said that as of Saturday, October 17, there were 139,903 confirmed cases in the Bay State.

Cases fell from 702 Friday and are down slightly from 587 a week ago today. States must be below both of the thresholds, which are measured on a seven-day rolling average, to be considered lower risk.

Several important data points have been on the rise over the past month in the Commonwealth.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in MA grew by 550 on Saturday, bringing the total to 139,903 cases as public health officials announced the deaths of 21 additional patients diagnosed with the virus. Under current travel rules, anyone entering MA from other states must complete a MA travel form and isolation within two weeks, except that a COVID-19 test administered 72 hours prior to their arrival can produce a negative result.

The state reported that new antibody tests had been completed for 75people, bringing that total to 123,968. And for the first, the country's most populated state, California, will also be designated as lower risk, as DPH announced Friday. Violators could be hit with a fine of $500 a day. The queue includes exemptions for those passing through MA, traveling on state routes for work, those coming to MA for medical treatment, military personnel traveling under orders and those traveling in essential services. D.P.H.

California, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Washington will be classified as lower-risk states under the new criteria Saturday.

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