This Sunday, there were 28 obituaries in the print edition of The Enterprise — nearly three full pages of local obituaries, several with mentions of COVID-19 as the cause of death.

365体育官网BROCKTON — Four weeks ago, just one week after the coronavirus had been detected in Plymouth County, there were three obituaries in the Sunday print edition of The Enterprise, none with any mention of the contagious disease causing the deaths.

365体育官网This Sunday, there were 28 obituaries — nearly three full pages of local obituaries, several with mentions of COVID-19 as the cause of death.

A 98-year-old Brockton woman who died at the Alliance Health at West Acres nursing home in the city after contracting COVID-19, a 65-year-old West Bridgewater man who died due to early onset Alzheimer's Disease and COVID-19 and a 61-year-old Brockton man who lost his battle with the coronavirus.

"Unfortunately, the coronavirus was a fight that he couldn't win," one of the obituaries states, adding the man previously fought through a brain injury.

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Additionally, there were many obituaries for people who recently died at local long-term care facilities that have reported deaths — an 89-year-old Brockton woman and a 78-year-old Brockton man who died at Saint Joseph Manor in Brockton; a 97-year-old Raynham woman, an 88-year-old woman and an 83-year-old Brockton man who died at the Southeast Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Easton; and a 96-year-old Brockton woman who died at the West Acres nursing home in Brockton. Those obituaries did not specifically mention any cause of death.

Four weeks ago, when there were three obituaries in the Sunday newspaper, Massachusetts had 525 cases of the coronavirus, with 20 cases in Plymouth County.

As of Sunday morning, 36,372 residents in Massachusetts have now tested positive for COVID-19, including 2,688 in Plymouth County.

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365体育官网The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported the state's first death attributed to COVID-19 on March 20. Two days later, there were five deaths. The first two deaths were reported in Plymouth County on March 31.

The number of deaths in the state has climbed since then, with several days of more than 100 deaths reported.

As of Sunday morning, 1,560 Massachusetts residents had died after contracting COVID-19. Of those deaths, about 52 percent, or 810 deaths, have come at long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, rest homes and skilled nursing centers.

Brockton alone has had at least 48 of Plymouth County's 128 deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of Sunday morning. At least 29 of those deaths in the city have come at long-term care facilities.

Behind each of those numbers is a person.

365体育官网Gov. Charlie Baker last week became emotional at his daily press briefing when he spoke about his best friend losing his mother to COVID-19 and families not being able to say goodbye to their loved ones.

365体育官网"I pay attention to the numbers, but what I really think about mostly are the stories, and the people who are behind the stories," the governor said. "When you talk about where the numbers are going on this, what I'm really thinking about is all those people who aren't going to have a chance to say goodbye."

365体育官网Senior reporter Cody Shepard can be reached by email at cshepard@dressupplace.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @cshepard_ENT.