Three Boston residents, all in their 40s, have tested positive for Covid-19, which they apparently contracted while attending a meeting last week at the Marriott Long Wharf organized by Cambridge drug maker Biogen, Mayor Walsh and city Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez said today.
It's the same meeting where a Tennessee resident and two people from overseas also contracted the virus, they said.
Two Norfolk County residents who attended the meeting have also been diagnosed with the virus. WBZ reports at least one is a resident of Wellesley, which shut two elementary schools where the person has children enrolled.
Martinez said that two of the Boston Biogen attendees showed symptoms, but the third did not.
Martinez said that fortunately, the virus is not airborne and that the Marriott had already started enhanced cleaning and sterilizing, so workers or random guests should not be at risk.
What about canceling the Marathon or the St. Patrick's Day parade? "We're not there yet," because medical experts have yet to call for that, Walsh said.
Walsh said residents need to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently, cough or sneeze into their sleeve and stay home if they feel ill. Neither Walsh, nor Gov. Baker, who attended a City Hall press conference with them, said what people who do not get paid if they don't appear at work should do about lost wages.
Walsh added that Boston's first Covid-19 patient, a UMass Boston student who returned from Wuhan, China, is doing well, but remains in self-quarantine.
Recently diagnosed patients are listed as "presumptive" because their state test results have yet to be confirmed by the federal CDC.
Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said the state can do only 40 to 50 Covid-19 tests a day, but that she expects that to rise soon as private hospitals win federal approval to do testing.