First Coronavirus Case In Massachusetts: What We Know

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — According to Massachusetts health officials, the state's first case of Coronavirus has been confirmed in a man in Boston.

Here's what we know so far:

The Patient

  • A male is in his 20's who lives in Boston.
  • He recently returned from a trip to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • He immediately sought medical attention for the self-reported symptoms.
  • He has been isolated and is "doing well," according to state Public Health Commissioner Monical Bharel.

What Are Local Health Officials Doing?

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health has established an Incident Command Structure to facilitate regular dissemination of information from federal and state partners.
  • The department has launched a new website with up-to-date information on the status of confirmed cases.
  • All state healthcare providers, hospitals, and Emergency Medical services have been issues clinical advisories.
  • There are calls schedules with key health partners including local boards of health.

What Do Officials Advise?

  • "Right now we are not asking Boston residents to do anything differently," Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Rita Nieves said. "The risk to the general public remains low."
  • As a precaution, residents should be washing hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover any cough and sneezes.
  • Stay home when feeling sick.
  • Anyone who has recently traveled should be aware of developing a fever, cough or shortness of breath, and in severe cases pneumonia (fluid in the lungs.)

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