METHUEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Health officials in Methuen have identified the first two cases of coronavirus in the city.
Methuen's Mayor Neil Perry confirmed on Sunday that his office was notified by Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials about the two patients, who are now in isolation.
“A confirmed case of COVID-19 was inevitable and more should be expected," Mayor Perry said. "As the situation escalates nationwide and here in Methuen, I want to make the latest information available to residents in the interests of full transparency,”
The Mayor also announced he will start issuing a daily report about Methuen residents impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
In a statement, Perry's office said the data, which will be released by the Methuen Board of Health at approximately 5 p.m. each day, will be based on the official reporting of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
"My goal is not to create panic in our community but to provide information that will hopefully encourage vigilance and preparedness throughout the city," Perry said.
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