• Jon Santiago

Boston doctors fear second spike amid national COVID-19 resurgence


Boston doctors said that the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country is already impacting Massachusetts, and they are warning that there could be a second surge of coronavirus in the state.

Over the weekend, 19 states hit their highest seven-day average of new cases. The city of Atlanta rolled back to phase 1 of its COVID-19 reopening plan, while Miami may make a similar move.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down gyms, bars and restaurants, as COVID-19 cases continue to spread at an alarming rate in his state.

State Rep. Jon Santiago, who also works as an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, said the coronavirus cases in those states are affecting Massachusetts residents.

"This past weekend alone, we had two patients who had traveled from the South, came to Massachusetts after visiting loved ones, a family member, and are COVID-19 positive," Santiago said.

Santiago introduced a bill at the State House on Monday that highlights five proactive steps to prevent a second surge in Massachusetts.

The steps in the legislation include a mandate on face masks and the enforcement of 14-day quarantines for travelers from states with a high number of COVID-19 cases, which will be enforced with fines.

"We all feel fairly likely that there will be a second surge in Massachusetts," Santiago said. "I guess the question is how big that surge will be."

As the demand for COVID-19 testing increases nationwide, Marlborough-based Quest Diagnostics said it could take a week or more for non-priority patients to receive their test results.

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