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Biogen Staffers Test Positive for Virus After Boston Meeting

  • Five new cases identified brings Massachusetts total to 8
  • Students in suburb sent home after a parent tests positive
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Biogen Inc. said three employees have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a meeting in Boston last week, while five others at the same meeting are presumed to have contracted the disease as state health officials await final confirmation.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based drugmaker said in a statement that a number of attendees reported varying degrees of flu-like symptoms after the meeting. Three cases were confirmed as Covid-19 and some others were diagnosed as the flu. At a news conference Friday, Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders added the five new presumed cases from the Biogen meeting, bringing the total cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts to eight.

One of the three people who initially tested positive after the Biogen event lived in the affluent Boston suburb of Wellesley, according to the town’s health department. The person, who is self-isolating at home, was in close contact with a person who got ill after the meeting, the press release said.