CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) CONFIRMED IN BOSTON
Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports 3.06.2020.
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 March 6, 2020, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Boston resident and 3 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Boston residents. The CDC is currently testing to confirm those presumptive positive cases.
The state of Massachusetts is updating information about COVID-19 cases and residents subject to quarantine in Massachusetts. Visit the MDPH webpage on COVID-19 quarantine and monitoring in the Commonwealth. The CDC is tracking confirmed cases across the United States. For the latest on case counts, visit the CDC’s website on COVID-19.
There is no evidence of community transmission in Boston right now. The risk remains low, but this situation is evolving rapidly and changes day to day.
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 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.
On March 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidelines for travelers who are returning to the United States after recently traveling to countries experiencing widespread transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Beginning immediately, the CDC guidelines for travelers are as follows:
- Anyone returning to the United States from countries with a level 3 alert should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the US.
- Current level 3 countries: China, South Korea, Iran, Italy
- Anyone returning to the United States from countries with a level 2 alert should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the US.
- Currently level 2 countries: Japan
WHAT DOES ‘MONITOR YOUR HEALTH’ MEAN?
- Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and watch for a fever. A fever is a temperature 100.4°F/38°C or higher.
- Watch for symptoms including a fever, cough, trouble breathing, and shortness of breath.
- If you experience a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or any other symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ‘STAY HOME’?
- Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period after returning home to the US. Discuss your work situation with your employer BEFORE returning to work.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIMIT INTERACTIONS?
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the 14-day period.
- Avoid crowded places (shopping centers, schools, workplace, church and movie theaters)
- Keep your distance from others (6 feet or 2 meters away)
WHAT SHOULD A PERSON DO IF THEY GET SICK AND TRAVELED TO A LEVEL 3 OR 2 COUNTRY?
- Seek medical care immediately. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your current symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
CDC GUIDANCE FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS: