An older male patient who has not traveled abroad is being treated at Berkshire Medical Center for the new coronavirus — the first reported case in Western Massachusetts.
And now the hospital is reviewing which staff came in contact with him, and will screen them accordingly for COVID-19 and, if necessary, send them home to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of exposure.
The state Department of Public Health confirmed Saturday that the man tested "presumptive positive" for COVID-19, which means that initial results from a test Friday were positive but that a second test is required to confirm this, according to BMC spokesman Michael Leary.
And now the hospital is reviewing which staff came in contact with him, and will screen them accordingly for COVID-19 and, if necessary, send them home to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of exposure.
The state Department of Public Health confirmed Saturday that the man tested "presumptive positive" for COVID-19, which means that initial results from a test Friday were positive but that a second test is required to confirm this, according to BMC spokesman Michael Leary.