Coronavirus in MA
March 7, 2020
Updated March 18, 2020
In Massachusetts, the state has set up a phone number that anyone can call to ask questions about COVID-19. Dial 211 to access this help line.
COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a new coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Symptoms of this infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
- Cough and shortness of breath, and
- In severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).
Call SBCHC at 617-269-7500 if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. See DPH’s travel information related to COVID-19.
You can also call 2-1-1 to learn more about:
- COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and treatment
- Information about testing
- Guidance for people planning or returning from travel
As you know, the information on Coronavirus is getting updated daily as we learn about cases in Massachusetts. At SBCHC, we are taking our guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).
To stay current with their latest guidance, please visit www.mass.gov to view up-to-date recommendations and information.