• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Saturday added five new cases of Covid-19, bringing to 13 the total number of positive test results in the state
• Twelve of the tests were performed by the state laboratory and are awaiting confirmation from the CDC. One has been confirmed.
• Twelve of the Massachusetts cases have been linked to a likely source, either foreign travel or contact with an infected person. One is under investigation.
• Saying the risk to Massachusetts residents remains low, public health authorities are currently not recommending the cancellation of mass gatherings such as the Boston Marathon.
• Eight of the Massachusetts residents who tested positive had a direct connection to a leadership meeting in Boston last week held by Cambridge-based biotech company Biogen.
• Three additional Biogen employees who live out of state have also been infected, as has an Indiana resident who wasn’t at the meeting but had contact with attendees.
• Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have set up temporary testing facilities for Biogen employees who have symptoms. The hospitals will contact those who are eligible for testing.
• Testing remains limited. Only the state laboratory is able to perform the tests and can do 40 to 50 a day.
• People who have symptoms of coronavirus -- fever, cough, shortness of breath -- are urged to stay home and contact their physician by phone.
• Biogen has instructed all employees who attended the meeting, and their relatives who had close contact, to self-quarantine. It has closed its Cambridge offices to all but “essential personnel” and told thousands of employees in Cambridge, North Carolina, and Switzerland to work from home.
• Eleven town officials in Norwood, including the town manager and the schools superintendent, are self-quarantining for 14 days after attending a private gathering with a town resident who tested positive for coronavirus. Schools are being cleaned over the weekend but will open as scheduled on Monday. The town has provided an e-mail address and phone number to answer general questions (not to provide medical advice to individuals): firstname.lastname@example.org 781-762-1240 x220
• Wellesley closed two public schools for cleaning after the parent of two students, a Biogen employee, tested positive.
• Concerns over Covid-19 prompted South Shore Hospital in Weymouth restrict visitation. Each patient can be visited by only one adult designated as primary caregiver, such as a spouse, parent, or guardian.
Boston Mayor’s Health Line: 1-800-847-0710 or (617) 534-5050