By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Massachusetts Department of Health reported four additional COVID-19 fatalities today–Two females, both in their 70s and from Essex and Worcester counties, and two men –  one in his 60s from Suffolk County and the other in his 80s from Norfolk County. All four were hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.

Massachusetts/National Atlas

This brings the total deaths in the state to nine.

Today, officials report 8,922 Massachusetts residents have been tested for COVID-19 by the State Public Health Laboratory and commercial and clinical labs, up from 6,004 residents on Sunday. Of those 8,922 people, 777 have tested positive.

Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.