Gov. Baker: Spike in COVID cases are due to informal gatherings

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Over the last few weeks, the Commonwealth has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases and now public health officials are urging more and more residents to get checked for the virus.

On Monday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 827 new COVID cases, the highest we’ve seen in a single day since the spring. Gov. Charlie Baker believes that the main reason we’ve seen a spike at all is because people are letting their guards down when they’re at informal gatherings.

“Those are the places and spaces where if people are asymptomatic they will give it to somebody else if neither of them are wearing a mask and they’re engaged in close contact over an extended period of time,” Gov. Baker said.

The governor is now urging everyone who has attended events whether they were large and small to get tested. Also, if you’ve traveled out of state or plan to visit an elderly relative you should be checked for the virus.

As we prepare for Halloween the governor has warned against having indoor parties, he’s left the decision up to local officials on how they want to punish individuals who break the state’s public health guidelines.

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