Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

I am just returning from Governor Charlie Baker's State House press conference where he declared a state of emergency around the Coronavirus. He said that the number of reported cases has seen a significant uptick in Massachusetts and our state health officials are monitoring and tracing presumptive cases here.

Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said there were 51 new positives cases, this brings the total of presumed or confirmed cases in Massachusetts to 92. Older adults and those with underlying health issues should avoid large crowds. Pregnant woman, those living in houses with vulnerable people are urged to avoid large crowds. Nursing homes will actively screen visitors in certain cases.

The Governor is encouraging employers to limit or eliminate non-essential travel and larger meetings and encourage telecommuting. You can learn about steps being taken to ensure Massachusetts remains prepared, and steps you can take to prevent against the spread of Coronavirus at Department of Public Health.