Massachusetts reports 17 new coronavirus deaths, 149 new cases as restaurants resume indoor dining

Massachusetts health officials said 17 other residents died of coronavirus. The death toll is now 7,874, according to the Department of Public Health.

Authorities also confirmed another 149 cases of COVID-19, including 13 likely. That is based on 6,730 molecular tests and 326 antibody tests reported Monday.

There are now 920 people hospitalized with the virus across the state.

The latest data comes the day the second part of Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan began. During this time, a number of business activities may be restarted with new restrictions, including indoor dining.

Governor Charlie Baker’s office released a list of “close contact businesses” that may reopen on Monday, June 22, including:

  • Hair removal services, including laser services, hair removal salons, hair removal services, threading, and electrolysis services.
  • Massages, body treatments, oriental treatments, energy therapies and other body work therapies.
  • Skin care services; including exfoliations, facials, serums, Botox and filler
  • Nail care services; including nail salons
  • Other services for hair; including hair replacement services, scalp treatment services
  • Makeup salons
  • Makeup application services
  • Personal trainers provided that in Phase 2, any indoor personal training service is limited to appointment-only training with only one client (or two from the same household) allowed in the facility at a time
  • Tanning salons, including other companies that offer spray tanning and tanning beds
  • Tattoo, piercing and body art services

Companies and their clients must comply with certain restrictions after the resumption of operations. For example, customers may enter an appointment-only store, and waiting rooms must remain closed.

Clients and employees should continue to wear facial coatings, and employee hours and shifts should be adjusted to reduce contact between workers when possible.

Elsewhere in the US In the US, a handful of states are starting to see a record number of new cases during reopens, including Florida. Health experts warn that Florida could become the next COVID-19 epicenter, according to CBS News.

Mass coronavirus: cases, maps, charts, and resources

These are the cases listed by county:

Barnstable County: 1,517

Berkshire County: 591

Bristol County: 8,057

Dukes County: 45

Essex County: 15,851

Franklin County: 358

Hampden County: 6,610

Hampshire County: 946

Middlesex County: 23,609

Nantucket County: 14

Norfolk County: 9,010

Plymouth County: 8,592

Suffolk County: 19,567

Worcester County: 12,143

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