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  • United States - Massachusetts: Covid-19 cases and news - 120,454 confirmed cases; 8,907 confirmed + 209 Probable = 9,116 deaths

    BOSTON (February 1, 2020) – The first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Massachusetts has been confirmed in a man returning from Wuhan, China who is in his 20s and lives in Boston. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) were notified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the positive test results late Friday evening.

    This is the eighth case of infection with 2019 novel coronavirus reported in the United States. The risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.

    The man recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and sought medical care soon after his return to Massachusetts. He has been isolated since that time and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. His few close contacts have been identified and are being monitored for any sign of symptoms.
    State health officials announced today that a man in his 20s coming back to Boston from Wuhan, China, is the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Massachusetts.
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    Man returning from Wuhan, China is first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus confirmed in Massachusetts

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    2/01/2020
    • Department of Public Health

    BOSTON — The first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Massachusetts has been confirmed in a man returning from Wuhan, China who is in his 20s and lives in Boston. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) were notified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the positive test results late Friday evening. This is the eighth case of infection with 2019 novel coronavirus reported in the United States. The risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.

    The man recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and sought medical care soon after his return to Massachusetts. He has been isolated since that time and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. His few close contacts have been identified and are being monitored for any sign of symptoms.

    “We are grateful that this young man is recovering and sought medical attention immediately,’’ said Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD. MPH. ``Massachusetts has been preparing for a possible case of this new coronavirus, and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly. Again, the risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.”

    “Our priority is not only to protect and inform the residents of Boston but also to help this man continue to recover. We are pleased that he is doing well,” said BPHC Executive Director Rita Nieves. “Right now, we are not asking Boston residents to do anything differently. The risk to the general public remains low. And we continue to be confident we are in a good position to respond to this developing situation.”

    DPH and BPHC continue to work closely with the CDC to maintain vigilance during this virus outbreak.

    The novel coronavirus has resulted in thousands of confirmed human infections in more than 20 countries, with more than 99 percent of cases in China. To date, eight cases have been confirmed in the US: three people in California, two in Illinois and one individual each in Massachusetts, Washington State, and Arizona.

    On Friday, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared the 2019 novel coronavirus a public health emergency and ordered any US citizens returning from the center of the outbreak in China to be quarantined for two weeks as a precaution. This followed a declaration Thursday by the World Health Organization that the coronavirus outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Also that day the CDC reported the first case of person-to-person transmission in Illinois between household members.

    Massachusetts state health officials, in conjunction with Massport, local health departments, and other medical partners, have responded to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Among the steps taken by the Department of Public Health:
    • Established an Incident Command Structure to facilitate regular dissemination of information from federal and state partners to statewide stakeholders.
    • Launched a new website that provides up-to-date information on the status of novel coronavirus for all residents: https://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
    • Developed and disseminated clinical advisories to all Massachusetts health care providers and issued guidance to hospitals, health systems, and Emergency Medical Services.
    • Scheduled calls with other key health care partners including local boards of health.

    Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person. Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs). Information about how this novel coronavirus spreads is still limited.

    Although the risk of the coronavirus to Massachusetts residents remains low, people are advised to take many of the same steps they do to help prevent colds and the flu, including:
    • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Stay home when feeling sick.

    Clinicians who see patients with recent travel in China, especially Hubei Province, who have a fever, lower respiratory tract symptoms (such as shortness of breath and cough), and/or contact with a known novel coronavirus patient, should contact DPH 24/7 at (617) 983-6800 for assistance. In Boston, providers should contact BPHC at 617-534-5611.

    The new DPH website provides relevant up-to-date information on the state of the novel coronavirus for all residents: mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

    Additional details and guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, is available from the CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus.


    https://www.mass.gov/news/man-return...s-confirmed-in
    Last edited by Ronan Kelly; June 11, 2020, 03:10 PM.

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      Confirmed coronavirus case

      Katherine S. Newman | February 01, 2020

      Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,


      I want to let you know that a member of the UMass Boston community who recently returned from Wuhan, China has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. We are working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to ensure all guidelines and protocols are diligently followed. These agencies will continue to monitor the treatment and health of the affected person. State and city public health authorities have informed us that the risk to members of our community is low. For these reasons, we expect “business as usual” on campus.


      Up-to-date information can be found on MDPH’s new website as well as the CDC’s website. For members of the campus community who have questions, the university has set up a call center at 617.287.5400. If you have any concerns about your own health or are simply feeling anxious, I encourage you to call. We are here for you.
      As a reminder, coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and while the risk of the coronavirus to Massachusetts residents remains low, we advise you to take many of the same steps to help prevent colds and the flu, including:
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds of scrubbing) or use alcohol-based hand cleaners (cover all surfaces and rub until dry).
      • Cough/sneeze into a tissue. Dispose of used tissues immediately into a trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which accelerates the spread of infections.
      • Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
      • If you are sick, avoid contact with others, including classes, parties, meetings, and events.
      • Do not share glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, cigarettes/vapes/JUULs, lipstick/makeup, etc.


      For anyone who recently returned from an affected area, if you feel well, follow the routine advice listed above while you go about your daily activities. If you develop respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of travel, please isolate yourself from others and call University Health Services at 617-287-5660 or your personal healthcare provider for advice.

      We will keep the community informed as more information is available. I want to remind everyone that all members of our community are valued and respected. On occasions like this, it is possible for fear to get the better of any of us. Let’s remember that viruses are no one’s fault and anyone can find themselves ill. We all want to be treated with care and compassion, especially when we fall ill. Our campus will conduct itself with its bedrock values in mind as we continue to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.
      Sincerely,

      Katherine S. Newman


      Interim Chancellor

      https://www.umb.edu/news/detail/conf...ronavirus_case
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        UMass Boston student with Wuhan coronavirus visited campus health center, officials say

        The University of Massachusetts, Boston student who tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus visited the campus health center after returning home from China, according to school officials.

        The student, a man in his 20s, went to University Health Services last Wednesday and was wearing a surgical mask at the time.

        Officials said clinicians at the health center were prepared for the possibility of a coronavirus case and put on full body protection and masks to treat the patient.

        Robert Pomales, the executive director of University Health Services at UMB, told NewsCenter 5's Peter Eliopoulos that the health center was the first place the student went after returning home from his trip to Wuhan, China.

        Other UMass Boston students contend there is no way to know that for sure, but Pomales said the risk of other students contracting the Wuhan coronavirus is minimal.
        ...
        https://www.wcvb.com/article/umass-b...-say/30755978#
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        • #5
          Source: https://www.wwlp.com/news/health/cor...massachusetts/



          First presumptive case of coronavirus confirmed in Massachusetts
          by: Nancy Asiamah
          Posted: Mar 2, 2020 / 09:44 PM EST / Updated: Mar 2, 2020 / 10:07 PM EST

          BOSTON (WWLP) – A young woman in Norfolk County has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to state health officials Monday night.

          According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the woman is in her 20s and had recently traveled to Italy with a school group. She was symptomatic and is recovering at home...

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          • sharon sanders
            sharon sanders commented
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            This is actually the 2nd case in Massachusetts.

        • #6
          Source: https://www.lowellsun.com/2020/03/05...massachusetts/

          New coronavirus cases reported in Massachusetts
          Some schools closing over coronavirus concerns

          BOSTON, MA – MARCH 5: An MBTA worker cleans machines at the Government Center Station on March 5, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
          By Rick Sobey |
          PUBLISHED: March 5, 2020 at 7:43 p.m. | UPDATED: March 5, 2020 at 8:28 p.m.

          Two new presumptive positive cases of the highly contagious coronavirus have been reported in the Bay State, health officials announced on Thursday, raising the state’s count to one confirmed and three possible cases, forcing more people who were in contact to stay home.

          The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus, a woman in her 60s who lives in Middlesex County and recently traveled to northern Italy. She did not require hospitalization and is recovering at home.

          South Shore Health also confirmed a presumptive positive case of coronavirus at Norwell’s South Shore Medical Center. Four hospital employees who were in contact with the patient will stay home for two weeks, the medical center said.

          The Middlesex County and South Shore presumptive cases come on top of a Norfolk County presumptive case, a woman who had traveled from Italy, and the confirmed case of a UMass Boston student who traveled from Wuhan, China.

          Also on Thursday, the Cambridge-based company Biogen announced that three employees who visited Boston last week have tested positive for coronavirus...

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          • #7
            Source: https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news...97274e57a.html


            Massachusetts has a 3rd positive virus test, officials say
            44 min ago

            BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials confirmed Thursday the state's third positive test for the coronavirus that has stymied global travel, sickened nearly 100,000 people and killed thousands.

            The state's latest case involves a Middlesex County woman in her 60s who recently traveled to northern Italy, the state Department of Public Health said in a statement.

            She had symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, but did not require hospitalization and is recovering at home, according to the health department...

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            • #8
              Source: https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/20...-massachusetts

              There Are Now 8 Cases Of Coronavirus In Massachusetts
              March 06, 2020Updated Mar 06, 2020 1:06 PM
              Roberto Scalese

              There are now eight total active cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, the illness caused by coronavirus, the state's Department of Public Health reported Friday morning, up from the three cases reported Thursday evening.

              Three of the individuals who tested positive are Boston residents, Mayor Mary Walsh said Friday.

              Of those cases, one is confirmed: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested a Boston man who had traveled to Wuhan, China. He is doing well but remains in self-isolation, according to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh during a Friday press conference.

              The other seven cases are "presumptive positives," which were identified by state testing. Those results were forwarded to the CDC for final confirmation. Of those, three of the people are from Suffolk County, three are from Norfolk County, and one is from Middlesex county...

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              • #9
                WCBV5 ABC (Mar 6): 2 Wellesley schools dismissing early after parent tests positive for COVID-19
                ...district officials said they were informed about a parent who tested positive for COVID-19...https://www.wcvb.com/article/2-welle...id-19/31261973

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                • #10

                  Coronavirus: 5 new cases reported in Massachusetts, bringing state total to 13 on Saturday: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus...e-reports.html

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                  • #11
                    Coronavirus in Boston: 60 head to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for testing

                    Site the scene of large-scale COVID-19 scanning site

                    By SEAN COTTER | sean.cotter@bostonherald.com | Boston Herald UPDATED: March 7, 2020 at 1:02 p.m.
                    Sixty people who attended a recent biotech conference in Boston were rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital late Friday for testing for the coronavirus just hours after it was announced new suspected cases of COVID-19 originated from the gathering.

                    “This is a rapidly evolving situation,” Mayor Martin Walsh said at a crowded news conference in City Hall, joined by Gov. Charlie Baker and a phalanx of other local and state officials and first-responders.


                    The officials said a conference by Biogen at the Marriott Long Wharf downtown last week resulted in five new “presumptive positive” cases of the coronavirus. Three of those are in Boston and two in Norfolk County.

                    That brings the total number of presumed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts to eight as of Friday night...https://www.presstelegram.com/2020/0...ing-in-boston/
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                    • #12
                      Source: https://www.westernmassnews.com/news...50da80a15.html

                      Berkshire County man being treated at area hospital for coronavirus
                      Andrew Masse
                      Updated 30 min ago | Posted on Mar 7, 2020

                      PITTSFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Berkshire Health officials confirm the first case of coronavirus here in western Mass.

                      Michael Leary of Berkshire Health Systems confirms that an older male that lives in Berkshire County has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and remains in stable condition at Berkshire Medical Center...

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                      • #13
                        Officials: 5 new presumptive coronavirus cases in Mass., 13 total confirmed or presumptive

                        Officials: 5 new presumptive coronavirus cases in Mass., 13 total confirmed or presumptive
                        Michael Yoshida


                        Massachusetts has five new presumptive cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of presumed or confirmed cases to 13, officials said Saturday.

                        Three of the new cases have a direct connection to a Biogen employee contract last week at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston. There are 11 total patients in and outside of Massachusetts who have been connected to that meeting.

                        People who attended the conference have been tested for the coronavirus in pop-up tents outside Boston hospitals, but officials said residents should stay calm.


                        “There’s no need for fear here,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh Saturday. “We’re monitoring what’s going on in San Francisco and in Seattle, we’re monitoring what’s going on in Rhode Island and we’re obviously monitoring what’s going on here in Massachusetts.”

                        But large gatherings could be in jhttps://whdh.com/news/officials-5-ne...r-presumptive/
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                        • #14
                          Source: https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news...262dd6c54.html

                          The latest on COVID-19 in Massachusetts: 28 presumed to have virus
                          By Matt Murphy and SHNS Staff State House News Service
                          25 min ago

                          BOSTON — The spread of coronavirus intensified over the weekend with the number of confirmed and presumptive cases climbing from the eight announced Friday, to 28 as of Monday morning.

                          Fifteen new cases, all with direct connections to the Biogen employee conference at the Long Wharf Marriott over a week ago, were announced Sunday by the state Department of Public Health, bringing the total number of cases linked to Biogen employees to 23.

                          A number of Norwood town officials, including the town manager and school superintendent, also said they were self-quarantining after attending the same party at a private residence with an infected Biogen employee.

                          Nine of the 28 cases are in Boston, while the other cases are spread through Middlesex and Norfolk Counties, with one known case in Berkshire County. All of the cases that tested positive at the Massachusetts state lab are isolating at home...

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                          • #15
                            Source: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news...-mass-dph-says


                            41 Cases Of Coronavirus In Mass., DPH Says
                            By State House News Service
                            March 10, 2020

                            The number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts hit 41 on Monday, according to new Department of Public Health figures that also show four of those people have been hospitalized for their symptoms.

                            Thirty-two of the COVID-19 cases are related to the Biogen employee conference held in Boston in late February, four others are travel-related and the remaining five are under investigation, the DPH said.

                            By county, 15 of the cases are in Middlesex County, 10 each in Suffolk and Norfolk counties, five are in Berkshire County, and one is in Worcester County...

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