Dozens of people working in Boston hospitals tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
As of Wednesday evening, 45 employees had tested positive for the virus, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital said. At the time, the hospital had 21 COVID-19 inpatients, five of whom needed intensive care. A total of 51 people undergoing treatment for coronavirus were hospitalized.
The Massachusetts General Hospital said that 41 of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. 482 employees at the hospital were burned as of Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed four new COVID-19 related deaths statewide, reaching 15 across the state.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased from 1,159 on Wednesday to 1,838 new cases, all of which are now in the U.S. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been confirmed.
According to state health officials, 103 cases were hospitalized, and 350 patients did not require hospitalization. The DPH said 1,385 cases were under investigation.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or mild symptoms such as fever and cough. For some people, especially the elderly and those with existing health problems, it can lead to more serious illnesses, including pneumonia or death. The vast majority of people recover.