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Modest increases in COVID-19 numbers seen locally

While national and state officials continue to express concern about a pandemic surge, the local spread of COVID-19 was modest during the past week, with 41 cases new cases identified in Gloucester, for a total of 2,056 since the pandemic began, and seven new cases in Mathews, for a total of 577.

Hospitalizations increased slightly, with four new hospitalizations in Gloucester, for a total of 58, and one new hospitalization in Mathews, for a total of 21.

There were no additional deaths recorded during the past week, with Gloucester deaths standing at 45, and Mathews deaths at 12.

In Middlesex, there have been a total of 554 cases since the pandemic began a year ago, with 23 hospitalizations and 18 deaths.

Across the Three Rivers Health District, there have been 9,318 cases of the virus identified during the past year, with 361 residents of the 10-county district hospitalized at some point. All told, 169 district residents have lost their lives toCOVID-19.

Statewide, 618...

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