By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 617 COVID-19 cases and 78 deaths. This brings the Commonwealth’s totals to 95,512 cases and 6,718 deaths of confirmed
COVID-19 cases.

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Middlesex County has reported the most cases with 20,972 followed by Suffolk (17,786), Essex (13,994) and Worcester (10,816) counties.

On Thursday, the Boston Athletic Association announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our top priority continues to be safeguarding the health of the community, as well as our staff, participants, volunteers, spectators, and supporters,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “While we cannot bring the world to Boston in September, we plan to bring Boston to the world for an historic 124th Boston Marathon.”

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Participants in the virtual 2020 Boston Marathon will be required to complete the 26.2 mile distance within a six hour time period and provide proof of timing to the B.A.A.