Massachusetts Announces 15 New Coronavirus Cases; State Total Now 123

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced 15 new coronavirus cases in the Commonwealth.

That brings the total number of cases in the state to 123. Of those cases, 105 are presumptive positive, while 18 have now been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The overwhelming amount of those cases, 94, stemmed from the Biogen leadership conference held at Boston's Marriot Long Wharf late last month. Five were travel related, eight were related to Berkshire Medical Center, and in 16 cases, the source was still under investigation.

DPH said 54 of the cases are female, and 69 are male.

There are nine cases in Berkshire County, two in Essex County, 60 in Middlesex County, 24 in Norfolk County, 26 in Suffolk County, and two in Worcester County.

Meanwhile, the City of Cambridge announced that three of their residents have tested positive for coronavirus in connection to the Biogen leadership meeting held in Boston late last month. They include one resident in their 50s whose case has been confirmed positive by the CDC, and two residents, one in their 40s and another in their 30s, whose cases are presumptive positive.

"We are at a pivotal juncture in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Cambridge and neighboring communities," Claude Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer and Director of the Cambridge Public Health Department, said in a release. "It is time for all of us in Cambridge—local government, businesses, schools, nonprofits, and residents—to take immediate actions to reduce the number of people who may become sick due to the virus."

The Cambridge Health Department has asked local businesses and organizations to have employees work remotely if at all possible.

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