BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Out of the 28 people in Massachusetts who have so far tested positive for coronavirus, at least 23 of them have been traced to a conference in Boston late last month.
At an event in West Roxbury on Sunday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told WBZ NewsRadio that those patients are being closely monitored, along with the 15 new presumptive cases announced by the state Department of Public Health on Sunday.
"We're monitoring the situation literally hourly to find out any suspected cases," Mayor Walsh said. "I know the Biogen conference certainly is raising some concern."
After those who attended the conference at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel last week were tested, 15 new cases came back positive. DPH said they are all in isolation in their homes.
However, Mayor Walsh said in the case of the general public, the focus should be on prevention. "It's about washing your hands," Walsh said. "If you're feeling sick, call your healthcare provider."
The Mayor also said his administration is doing its best to keep city hall and local transportation equipment clean.
"Even in city hall, we're cleaning the building down. There's the MBTA, state buildings, and federal buildings are being cleaned down."
The number of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Massachusetts rose from 8 on Friday to 28 on Sunday. Over the weekend New Hampshire also announced two presumptive cases of the virus, Rhode Island announced its 3rd presumptive case in a nursery school worker, and Washington D.C. confirmed its first coronavirus case on Sunday.
WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports: