BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced there are now 45 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts.
There are also 119 presumptive positive cases of the COVID-19 virus, as of 4 p.m. on March 15.
“This is more contagious than the seasonal flu,” said Governor Charlie Baker.
“We are NOT planning any shelter in place efforts,” said Governor Baker, today, March 15.
Natick announced it has 7 cases, 9 who tested negative and now 16 individuals under quarantine.
Ashland has zero cases as of noon today, March 15.
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 coronavirus:
- 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.
The first case of the coronavirus was detected in the United States on January 22.
As of today, March 17, there were 3,487 cases in the United States.
There have been 68 deaths in America.
The only state without a case is West Virginia, as of today, March 16