Hundreds of workers at Mass. hospital told to self-quarantine due to respiratory symptoms

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) - Hundreds of workers at two Western Massachusetts hospitals have been ordered off the job amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Two hundred employees at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield have been asked to stay home and self-quarantine due to respiratory symptoms that could be linked to the coronavirus, according to the hospital.

All of the employees are undergoing coronavirus testing, a hospital spokesman said in a statement.

The hospital is also investigating whether the respiratory symptoms are being caused by other viral respiratory infections, such as the flu or common cold.

At Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, 160 employees are in quarantine for two weeks.

Hospital officials say one of those employees has tested positive for the virus.

No further information has been released.

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