WAKEFIELD, MA — The Wakefield Health Department has been notified of additional cases of COVID-19, the illness associated with the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in town to seven.
The Wakefield cases are a mix of people who had direct contact with a person who was positive, as well as community spread, which means they had no known contact with a person who is positive, health officials said.
The number of cases continues to rise across the state, and additional measures to stem its spread continue to be implemented. The governor has declared a Stay at Home advisory. All non-essential businesses have been closed.
Notably, Middlesex County, of which Wakefield is a part, has the highest number of positives cases in the Commonwealth (538 as of Thursday) and neighboring Suffolk County, which includes Boston, has the second-highest at 448. There are 2,417 positive cases in the Commonwealth, and some 25 people have died because of complications to the disease.
As more testing becomes available, health officials expect case counts across the state and at home to rise.