Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports 2.28.2020.

As of February 28, 2020, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The risk to residents in Boston remains low. 

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. 

As of February 28, 2020, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The risk to residents in Boston remains low. The CDC is tracking confirmed cases across the United States. For the latest on case counts, visit the CDC’s website on COVID-19.

Since January, the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston EMS have taken extensive steps to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19.

BPHC and Boston EMS are trained to respond to infectious diseases. In the past, we have successfully stood up heightened awareness, monitoring and response approaches for SARS, MERS, and H1N1 flu. We will do the same for COVID-19.

BPHC is engaging in daily communications with the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), City of Boston departments and other community partners to make sure we have the latest information on guidance, best practices and recommendations. BPHC will provide updated information on this website and on our social media channels as it becomes available.

We are confident the City of Boston will be ready for a safe and effective response as the situation develops.THE TIMELINE:

Downtown Neighborhood Open House Chinatown 13 February 24, 2020- Mayor Martin Walsh hosts a Downtown Neighborhood Open House to speak directly with constituents and connect them with the various City departments for information on local issues and ongoing projects. (Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel Leon)