As cases of coronavirus continue to increase worldwide, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Wednesday that it has been working closely on the response of the virus with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The risk of COVID-19 remains low in Massachusetts,” Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said in a conference call. “Our health workers, institutions and public health partners throughout the Commonwealth are constantly training for the possible disease emergency. Massachusetts is prepared for this potential outbreak.”
Bharel emphasized several times that Massachusetts has only had a confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, when a man returning from Wuhan, China, tested positive in early February. She said the patient is well and is recovering in quarantine at home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns Americans to begin preparing for a possible outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, and they say that it is likely that both the “spread of the community” and the interruption of work, the school and life in the case of a domestic outbreak.
She said Massachusetts has had 680 people in quarantine so far, which means they are monitored in case they show symptoms. While 377 completed their symptom-free monitoring, 231 are still under quarantine in their homes.
To prevent the spread of the virus, Bharel said that people should take many of the same steps they take to help prevent the cold. These include washing your hands, covering yourself when you cough and sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick. In addition, anyone who becomes ill after traveling should notify their health care provider of their travel history.
While in the US UU. The confirmed cases of the new COVID-19 are at 57 as of Tuesday, the CDC announced that the virus will surely begin to spread in communities across the country.
The authorities said that behind the scenes they are taking a series of “strategic actions” such as communicating daily with the CDC and other federal and regional agencies, as well as establishing a simplified organizational system that will facilitate the exchange of information.
Officials are involving Massachusetts hospitals and the leadership of the health system, disseminating guidance and recommendations to school superintendents, monitoring impacts on the supply chain of personal protective equipment and continuing efforts to conduct surveillance of potential cases. .
Bharel said to review the latest information and updates on the department’s website.