Health officials: 15 new coronavirus cases in Mass., total rises to 123

BOSTON (WHDH) - There are now 105 presumptive and 18 confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, health officials announced Friday.

The cases include 69 men and 54 women. Ten of the patients have been hospitalized, 101 not hospitalized and 12 are under investigation.

Nine are from Berkshire County, two from Essex, 60 from Middlesex, 24 from Norfolk, 26 from Suffolk and two from Worcester County, according to the DPH.

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Of the 123 cases, 94 have been linked to the Biogen conference.

The cases in Berkshire County are all individuals who have not traveled or who have not come into contact with a coronavirus patient.

Hospitals are able to take a swab from individuals who may be infected but those samples then have to be sent to the lab for additional examination.

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For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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