Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency as the number of Coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose to 92 Tuesday, with untraceable cases popping up in the western part of the state.
“I would have to say that the risk has increased,” Baker said of contracting the coronavirus, changing his tune from the “low risk” designation he has repeated over the last several weeks. “Responding to this evolving health threat requires everyone to be vigilant and for everyone to be part of this effort.”
The state Department of Public Health reported 51 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts to 92. Seventy of those cases are linked to the Biogen conference held in late February at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel. Six people are currently hospitalized.
The Baker Administration is issuing guidelines for executive branch employees that prohibits nearly all work-related travel until further notice, limits or cancels large events and encourages teleworking. Baker is urging private employers to follow suit and for public employees who feel sick to stay home.
New Jersey’s first coronavirus death confirmed