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5 new Gloucester deaths attributed to COVID-19

COVID-19 continued its post-Christmas surge during the past week, with five Gloucester residents dying from the virus—the most of any week since the pandemic began—and 174 new cases identified, also a local record.

This brings the total number of Gloucester deaths to 12 and the total number of cases to 1,127 as of Wednesday morning. One additional Gloucester resident was hospitalized during the week, for a total of 36COVID-19 hospitalizations since March.

Mathews continued its upward case trend, as well, with 33 new cases added, for a total of 371 since March, and one more person hospitalized, for a total of 16. Four Mathews residents have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The record number of new cases for Mathews occurred in mid-December, when a nursing home outbreak led cases to spike by 73.

Another death occurred in Middlesex during the past week, for a total of 13, still the highest number of deaths of any county in the Three Rivers Health District. The county...

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