Coronavirus: Massachusetts DPH Announces Third Case In State

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Health has confirmed a third person testing positive for coronavirus in the state Thursday.

The patient, a woman in her 60s from Middlesex County, recently returned from a trip to northern Italy. When she returned, DPH said in a release, she experienced flu-like symptoms but did not require hospitalization. She is now recovering at home.

"We appreciate this patient’s cooperation," Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said in a release. "While the risk to Massachusetts remains low, residents should make sure they and their families are well-informed about COVID-19 and heed the CDC’s updated international travel health alert."

Massachusetts has two other cases of coronavirus—one presumptive case in a woman who recently returned from a school trip to Italy, and one confirmed case in a UMass student who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the center of the outbreak.

Since January, Massachusetts has tested 25 residents. As of Wednesday, 719 people in the state have been subject to self-quarantine because of the virus; 470 of them are no longer quarantined, while 249 continue to be.

Additionally on Thursday, Cambridge company Biogen reported three of their employees tested positive for the virus after a meeting last week in Boston, and Tennessee authorities said their first confirmed coronavirus case was a man who had traveled through Boston's Logan Airport.

Health officials said the risk to the public from the virus remains low in the Bay State.

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