Nearly 5,000 confirmed cases statewide as of Sunday evening

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PALMER — The Town of Seven Railroads has four confirmed coronavirus cases, town officials announced on Monday morning.

Town Manager Ryan McNutt shared the news on the town’s website and Facebook page, informing residents the Palmer Board of Health has confirmed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that there are four confirmed COVID-19 cases locally. McNutt said all cases have been quarantined “and are in contact with healthcare.”

With the confirmed cases, officials stressed the need to follow precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. As of the most recent figures released by state officials on Sunday, there are 4,955 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, including 201 in Hampden County and 337 in Worcester County. State officials have attributed 48 deaths across the Commonwealth to COVID-19.

“Everyone should follow Governor Baker’s advisory and stay home and do not engage in non-essential business,” McNutt said. “Please wash your hands frequently, wear a mask while out, even a homemade mask is better than no mask.”

All municipal buildings in Palmer were closed on March 16 in an effort to “flatten the curve,” McNutt said, and they will remain closed for at least one more month. McNutt said municipal buildings stay closed through May 4, at which time “the situation will be reassessed and a decision will be made” as to when they may re-open.

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