365体育官网Cases of coronavirus have been surging in the past few days in Brockton, topping more than 1,000 active cases on Sunday afternoon.

365体育官网BROCKTON – About 1 percent of Brockton's population has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The city topped 1,000 active cases as of Sunday, according to the Brockton Board of Health, with a population of around 100,000. That's a 25 percent increase within the matter of a few days, after the city reported 828 active cases on Thursday afternoon, spiking to 1,003 cases by Sunday afternoon.

Brockton, one of the cities in Massachusetts that's been hardest hit by the coronavirus, has lost at least 48 people as a result of the pandemic, according to the latest available information. Overall, more than 1,200 people in Brockton tested positive for the coronavirus, including those who have already recovered or died, according to information from the city and the Department of Public Health.

A city-by-city dataset assembled last week by The Enterprise showed Brockton’s infection rate ranked second only to Chelsea’s among the state’s largest cities, a finding later confirmed by the state government’s release of municipal-level.

"The math doesn’t lie – we are finding more residents infected," said Councilor-at-large Winthrop Farwell, a former Brockton mayor, in a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon. "Time to do all we can individually to fight back against COVID-19. Be safe."

The Brockton Emergency Management Agency called the 1,000 active cases "a milestone we wished we didn't reach," urging the public to continue following public health guidelines during this time.

365体育官网"Please practice social distancing, stay home, practice good hygiene and wear a mask," the emergency management agency said in an online statement. "This is a very serious situation. Do your part in keeping people safe."

Brockton nursing homes have been ravaged by the coronavirus. At one nursing home alone, Alliance Health at West Acres, there were 15 deaths as a result of the coronavirus as of late last week. Eight died at Brockton Health Center as of last week, and Saint Joseph Manor reported at least four deaths nearly two weeks ago.

Throughout Massachusetts, the total number of positive coronavirus findings now stands at 38,077. More than 1,700 people in Massachusetts have died as a result of the pandemic, according to the Department of Public Health. About half of those deaths statewide have come at long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, rest homes and skilled nursing centers.

On Sunday, the Department of Public Health reported 146 new COVID-19 deaths and 1,705 new infections.

The state also reported Sunday that 5,435 more residents had been tested, bringing the total number of tests conducted to a total of 162,241, with a total Massachusetts population of 6.9 million residents.

On Sunday morning, Gov. Charlie Baker appeared on CBS's Face the Nation and said the Bay State is "right in the middle of the surge now." White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx named Boston and Massachusetts when asked on Face the Nation which areas of the country are showing concerning signs.

365体育官网"We're still very much focused on Boston and across Massachusetts where the epidemic continues to spread across Massachusetts as well as in Boston, and we're watching very closely Chicago," Birx said.

- Material from the State House News Service was used in this report.