PITTSFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - There is now a presumptive positive case of coronavirus in western Mass.

This brings the total number of presumptive cases in the state up to twelve, but there is still just one confirmed case.

Berkshire Medical Center's director of media relations, Michael Leary, tells Western Mass News a patient in his sixties from Berkshire County tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus and has no travel history.

"He was admitted to Berkshire Medical Center several days ago, but at the time of his admission, he didn’t meet CDC requirements to permit testing. He was, however, tested on Friday when the CDC and the DPH rules were changed that allowed him to be tested," explained Leary.

In addition to the man in Berkshire County, the state Department of Public Health says there are four other new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in the state.

Four people in Middlesex County, including a woman in her forties, a woman in her fifties, a man in his forties, and another man in his sixties.

The state is awaiting confirmation of the tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Over at Berkshire Medical Center, officials are retracing the steps of staff members who were in contact with the presumptive positive patient.

"We're in the process of identifying staff who may have been exposed to the patient prior to the date we were given the go ahead to test the patient and we’re following CDC and DPH guidelines for screening hospital staff who may have had contact with the patient," continued Leary.

And Leary says this case is bringing a change to their policies.

"We are asking visitors in our facilities who are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms to postpone their visitation until such time as they’re no longer experiencing symptoms and if they do have severe symptoms, contact them by telephone before they visit a doctor's office or the hospital emergency department," said Leary.

He tells Western Mass News he wants people to focus on what they can do to keep themselves safe.

"Frequent washing of hands, staying at home if you are ill. If your symptoms worsen, contact your physician by telephone," added Leary.

Leary says the man is in stable condition and Berkshire Medical Center is following all the guidelines from the CDC and Mass Department of Public Health.

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