FEBRUARY 8,  2020

Coronavirus death toll hits 811, eclipsing SARS


The death toll in China from the coronavirus has risen to 811, surpassing SARS fatalities in the 2002-2003 outbreak, Chinese health authorities announced on Sunday, 2/9/2020  China’s National Health Commission said total cases in the country from the virus had increased to to 37,198, up from 31,774 a day earlier. The outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, killed 774 people and infected more than 8,000 worldwide. Like the new virus, it also originated in China.



FEBRUARY 1,  2020
Man returning from Wuhan, China is first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus confirmed in Massachusetts – Click to go to mass.gov news release
Published by the Mass Department of Public Health, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

The first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Massachusetts has been confirmed in a man returning from Wuhan, China who is in his 20s and lives in Boston. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) were notified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the positive test results late Friday evening. This is the eighth case of infection with 2019 novel coronavirus reported in the United States. The risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.

JANUARY 25, 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China

2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.

JANUARY 18, 2020 – CDC begins ‘enhanced’ health screenings at 3 airports due to China virus

The CDC and CBP began screenings Jan. 17 at San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK), and Los Angeles (LAX) airports to detect ill travelers to this country on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan in response to an outbreak there caused by a novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) that has resulted in 40 confirmed infections and two deaths in humans from the virus whose origin is being investigated in that city in Central China.  To read full story, go to https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/01/cdc-begins-enhanced-health-screenings-at-3-airports-due-to-china-virus.html