Second Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Plymouth County Reported at Tobey Hospital in Wareham
WAREHAM – A second confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Plymouth County as a patient was diagnosed with the coronavirus at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
The patient, a resident of Plymouth County, walked into Tobey Hospital’s Emergency Department over the weekend with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The patient did not need to be admitted and was discharged for self-quarantine at home, according to a statement from Southcoast Health.
“All Tobey Hospital staff who interacted with the patient have been contacted by Southcoast Health infection prevention personnel and administrative leaders. Staff members involved with the patient’s care are participating in an active review of the patient’s visit, and we are following all established procedures to safeguard their health and wellbeing,” Dr. Dani Hackner, the chief clinical officer for the hospital group, said in a prepared statement.
That individual is being monitored by their municipal health department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which on Monday reported 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.
As of Monday, at least 1,092 people have been tested for coronavirus in the state. Of the 197 who have tested positive for COVID-19, 104 have been men and 93 have been women. A total of 14 people have been hospitalized. There have been no reported deaths.
The highest number of positive test results thus far has been reported in Middlesex County with 83, according to the state health department.
Also on Monday, the Trump Administration released new guidelines to help the public slow down the spread of coronavirus, including closing schools, avoiding traveling, and staying away from groups of more than 10 people, as well as restaurants, food courts and bars.
Those guidelines, which are in effect for 15 days, followed similar instructions by a growing number of states, including Massachusetts, where Gov. Charlie Baker this weekend issued a directive closing all public and private K-12 schools for three weeks, banning gatherings of more than 25 people and prohibiting dine-in restaurants from serving alcohol and food on site.