Two elderly residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, according to a news release from Fairhaven health agent Mary Freire-Kellogg.

The town was notified of the passing today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

"Both residents were elderly and had advanced medical conditions," the release said. "The town would like to offer its condolences to the families of these Fairhaven citizens."

There were 15 positive cases of COVID-19 in Fairhaven as of April 4, according to the statement. The Fairhaven Board of Health and the town's public health nurse are in contact with those individuals and following all procedures recommended by DPH and the Centers for Disease Control, the release said.

Freire-Kellogg reminded all residents to continue to practice social distancing of at least six feet between people and to avoid gatherings of more than 10 individuals at a time. She advised residents to wear face masks in public and to wash hands often.

As of Sunday, there were 659 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bristol County, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Statewide, there have been 72,000 confirmed cases and a total of 231 deaths since the pandemic began. Fifteen new deaths were announced on Sunday.

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