BOSTON — More than 60 people from from a local hotel were taken to Brigham Women’s hospital to get tested for new coronavirus, according to an email from Harvard Public Health.
The email said because of the process, officials would be closing Shattuck Street.
“[Brigham Women’s Hospital] has it under control, but please avoid the area the rest of the day,” the email said.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health asked Brigham and Women’s Hospital to assist in testing individuals who attended the Biogen conference in Boston last week for COVID-19.
“We have activated our central ambulatory screening and testing plan and will test patients outside of the hospital in the ambulance bay,” a hospital spokesperson said in an email statement.
“Our Emergency Medicine colleagues will manage the testing, and individuals will return home to await results. We do not anticipate an influx of inpatients or any impact to hospital operations or normal patient activities,”the spokesperson said.
It’s not clear how the people were being transferred to the hospital.
The development comes after the number of cases of the COVID-19 went from three to seven Friday, after several people who went to a Biogen conference in the city became ill.
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Health officials announced that two women and one man in their 40s in Boston were among that first conference group to come back with test results indicating they had the coronavirus.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference earlier Friday.
The number of presumptive positive cases in Massachusetts was at seven, the state’s Department of Public Health said Friday morning. A presumptive case means the state has identified COVID-19 but is waiting on confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There is still only one confirmed positive case. That person is a UMass-Boston student in his 20s who is “doing well” and continues to be self-quarantined, Mayor Marty Walsh said earlier.
Including the confirmed UMass-Boston case, there were four positive cases in Boston, three in Norfolk County and one in Middlesex County as of Friday afternoon.
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