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3 test positive for coronavirus after Biogen meeting in Boston

"At the present time, these individuals are doing well, improving and under the care of their healthcare providers."

Biogen's headquarters in Cambridge. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe, File

Three people have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a meeting with Biogen employees in Boston last week, according to the Cambridge-based biotech company.

According to WCVB, the three are Biogen employees — two live in the European Union and the other lives outside Massachusetts.

“At the present time, these individuals are doing well, improving and under the care of their healthcare providers,” the company said in a statement.

“In an abundance of caution, all meeting attendees, with or without flu-like symptoms, have been directed to work from home for two weeks,” it added.

Earlier Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Health said a man diagnosed with the coronavirus had traveled between Boston’s Logan Airport and Nashville. It’s currently unclear whether this man is one of the Biogen employees or an unconnected case.

Read Biogen’s full statement below:

Following a meeting with Biogen employees in Boston last week, a number of attendees reported varying degrees of flu-like symptoms. Some attendees have been confirmed with influenza and three attendees have tested positive for COVID-19 to date. At the present time, these individuals are doing well, improving and under the care of their healthcare providers.

Protecting our employees and our communities is our priority. Biogen has been in regular contact with the relevant public health officials since the time the first cases of illness were reported.

In an abundance of caution, all meeting attendees, with or without flu-like symptoms, have been directed to work from home for two weeks. We are regularly communicating with all employees and directed all employees who are not feeling well to stay home and contact their healthcare provider as necessary.

Additionally, we are taking precautionary measures to do our part in mitigating the spread of illness – including restricting travel through the end of March. We continue to closely monitor the situation.

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