Marty Walsh tells Boston residents to wash their hands


Mayor Marty Walsh held a press conference Monday to lay out a plan in case Coronavirus comes to Boston.

There are five confirmed cases across the country and two people in New Hampshire undergoing testing for Coronavirus after returning from China. 56 people have died from the virus in Wuhan, China and over 2,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus.

Walsh said: “We are making sure that we take every single precaution to make our city safe and healthy. Our public health agencies are trained to respond to infectious diseases. We are constantly assessing potential threats and will be ready in the case a virus does appear, so it doesn't spread."

Boston’s Logan Airport does not screen travelers but other major cities are screening for the virus.

Dr. Jennifer Lo, Medical Director of the Boston Public Health Commission joined Mayor Walsh.

She said: "Fever, coughing, or shortness of breath, those are the symptoms that are described with relation to the Coronavirus. Those are the same symptoms that you would have with the flu.”

Walsh added: “We want people to constantly make sure they are washing their hands, cover your mouth when you are coughing or sneezing, if you feel sick and it’s something that affects you your best bet is to stay home.”