PITTSFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - The Department of Public Health says more than 200 people are in self-quarantine after being potentially exposed to the coronavirus.

That includes a family in Pittsfield.

State health officials say there is still just one confirmed case of the coronavirus in the state.

Meantime, the Pittsfield Department of Public Health says the family of five came from China on Sunday and started their 14-day quarantine.

The coronavirus continues to be a cause for concern for people across the globe and now right here in western Massachusetts.

The director of Pittsfield's Health Department, Gina Armstong, confirms to Western Mass News that a family of five recently traveled from China is now in quarantine inside their home.

"They were traveling in a more rural area in China. They went through the travel protocols in the return home. They traveled through one of the eleven international airports where the CDC has the screening process for travelers," Armstrong tells us.

Armstrong says the family is at low risk for the virus, but they are taking the necessary precautions.

She says the family has been in quarantine since Sunday.

That means no school for the three children or work for the two parents and they will continue to stay at home for at least eleven more days.

"We have a monitoring requirements that are in place with daily communications with the family and reporting of temperatures, any other signs and symptoms, and that information gets reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health," says Armstrong.

Western Mass News checked in with the Department of Public Health.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 608 people have been quarantined in the state.

337 of those people have been released without symptoms.

Currently, 231 people are being monitored for the coronavirus.

That includes the family in Pittsfield.

Monica Bharel, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, breaks down how quarantine works.

"One of the things that quarantine does, and most of the individuals during this outbreak are in self quarantine, what quarantine does is it limits the interaction that individuals have with the community until they are no longer at risk for the infection," explained Bharel.

She says anyone who has been exposed to the coronavirus should be in quarantine for fourteen days.

"It's usually the time of exposure to the time when someone might develop disease. It is usually about five days, but it can be up to fourteen days and that’s why we keep them in quarantine for fourteen days," added Bharel.

Health officials in Pittsfield want community members to know there is low risk in the area to get the coronavirus.

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Here are some facts. 60 million people get the flu each year. Approximately 50,000 will die from flu related complications. There have only been 14 Americans who have contracted the coronavirus. Per every 100 people who get coronavirus less then 3 will die. The people who die from corona are much more likely to be elderly, babies, and the immunocompromised. We as a country need to read facts and not let fear run our lives. The flu is a MUCH bigger threat to us then the coronavirus at this time.

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