There Are Now 218 Known Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus In Massachusetts

There are now 218 known cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, according to state health officials.

Of those, 102 are connected to the Biogen leadership conference. The company announced Tuesday that it was donating $10 million to help combat the outbreak.

"This donation will be used to help expand testing options, ease the strain on medical systems, provide training for front line health workers and support access to necessities like food," the Cambridge-based company said in a statement.

Beyond the Biogen-related cases, another 33 are linked to community spread, and 24 to travel. Health officials are still investigating the cause of 59 cases.

The plurality of cases (89) are in Middlesex County, with an additional 43 in Norfolk County and 42 in Suffolk County. Away from Greater Boston, Berkshire County now has 14 confirmed cases, and there are small numbers of confirmed cases across the rest of the state.

The state says 1,367 people have been tested, with an additional 384 tested by private labs Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp.

Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said Tuesday that the state is no longer referring to cases as "presumptive positive," but just as confirmed positive.

This article was originally published on March 17, 2020.


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