The number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts is continuing to creep higher. State officials yesterday reported 95 confirmed cases, which is an increase by three from Tuesday. Seventy seven of the 95 cases involve people who attended a Biogen company meeting last month in Boston. State officials are also reporting that at least 445 people are under self quarantine because of possible coronavirus exposure.
There are three confirmed cases in Connecticut.
Officials say there are no cases in the Greater Springfield area including Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. There are 7 suspected cases in Berkshire County.
Coronavirus is causing the Massachusetts to restrict who can visit nursing and rest homes in the state. Visitors who show signs of a respiratory infection such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath will be denied entry to nursing homes. Visitors also will not be allowed in if they have had contact with someone with coronavirus, or if they have traveled internationally to places where the virus is active. The order remains in effect until further notice.
More and more Western Massachusetts college and universities are switching to remote classes because of the coronavirus. That includes the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and its other campuses in the state. Going that way, also, are Hampshire College and Westfield State University. Springfield College and Bay Path University are reportedly considering doing the same.
The Celtics were to have played the Bucks in Milwaukee tonight, but the NBA is suspending play after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The league says it will use the hiatus to determine its next steps. The Celtics were among the last teams to play Utah. The NBA has ordered them to be self quarantined. They are in Milwaukee and it is unclear how long they will be there.
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