BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed 88 new COVID-19-related deaths across the state as of Monday afternoon, bringing the state’s total to 844.
The 88 COVID-19 deaths reported by the DPH include patients who died of the novel coronavirus in the last 8 days, dating back to April 5.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to a new total of 26,867 Monday after 1,392 new cases were reported by state health officials.
Gov. Charlie Baker said the state now expects the worst of the surge to arrive closer to April 20, and public health officials are working with hospitals to quickly prepare for the expected influx of patients.
As of Monday afternoon, the DPH said 122,049 people have been tested in Massachusetts after 5,319 tests were conducted.