BOSTON – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health announced 15 new presumptive positive COVID-19 cases.
This brings the total in Massachusetts to 28 cases.
State health officials said 15 new cases are directly connected to a Biogen employee conference in February in Boston.
There were 13 cases on Saturday, 8 on Friday, and just 3 on Thursday.
The Presumptive Positive results from the Commonwealth Massachusetts are now awaiting official results from the Centers for Disease Control.
Twenty-three of the 28 cases are connected to the Biogen meeting.
Although the risk to Massachusetts residents of the coronavirus is low, the risk for influenza is currently high.
Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
Coronavirus has been identified in 19 states, according to the CDC.
The CDC has 164 officials confirmed cases, and 11 deaths.
Massachusetts has more than 700 individual under a 14-day quarantine. The 28 cases in Massachusetts have been sent to the CDC to confirm the positive results.