BOSTON (CBS) — A woman in her 50s from Middlesex County has become the second person in Massachusetts to die from a coronavirus-related illness, the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced Saturday. She had a pre-existing condition that made her more vulnerable.
Ayer later confirmed the woman was a town resident.
“Anyone identified as a “close contact” has already been notified by the Board of Health and has been requested to self-quarantine for a period of fourteen days. Unless you have been contacted by the Board of Health, it is not likely that you have had exposure to this individual,” the town said.
The news comes a day after the DPH announced that a man in his 80s from Winthrop was the first person in Massachusetts to die from the coronavirus. The man had been hospitalized and had pre-existing health conditions that put him at higher risk for COVID-19.
As of Saturday, more than 5,200 Massachusetts residents have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 525 people have tested positive.