Number of suspected coronavirus cases surge in Greater Boston hospitals

“This is clearly escalating at a very rapid pace."

To help conserve its supply of respirators, Massachusetts General Hospital moved its stock into a separate, closed supply room.
To help conserve its supply of respirators, Massachusetts General Hospital moved its stock into a separate, closed supply room. –Photo for The Washington Post by Josh Reynolds

The number of suspected COVID-19 patients reportedly surged Tuesday at hospitals around Greater Boston.

The bump implies the pandemic could be moving at a much more rapid clip than the official number of cases released by the state suggest, The Boston Globe reports.

“This is clearly escalating at a very rapid pace,” Dr. Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital, told the newspaper.

The number of suspected coronavirus patients in MGH’s beds and emergency room grew four times — up to 53 — between Monday and Tuesday. The hospital is also caring for six patients with confirmed cases, according to the Globe.

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“Up until last week, we were seeing a smattering of activity, but now it seems to be accelerating, which is what you expect in epidemics like this,” Slavin said.

As of Tuesday, there were 218 confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, according to the state Department of Public Health. It’s likely the number will significantly increase, the Globe reports.

Read The Boston Globe report.


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