CORONAVIRUS DISEASE SARS – COVID – 19 IN BOSTON
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:
- On Friday, February 28, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced it will begin testing for COVID-19.
- On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the virus: Coronavirus Disease 2019: COVID-19.
- On Saturday, February 1, 2020, the Boston Public Health Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Health confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the City of Boston. The confirmed case is a UMASS Boston student in his 20s returning from Wuhan, China.
- On Friday, January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
- Beginning February 2, 2020, all flights from mainland China will be funneled through eleven airports. Logan International Airport in Boston is not included in those 11 airports. The designated airports are: Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles International, New York JFK, Newark, San Francisco International, Seattle and Washington Dulles.
- On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the 2019-nCoV has spread between two people in the United States, representing the first instance of person-to-person spread with this new virus here.
- On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of InternationalConcern. It allows WHO to issue temporary recommendations. These are non-binding measures that can address travel, trade, quarantine, screening, treatment.