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Biogen orders employees to work from home after employees at Boston meeting test positive for coronavirus

There are 13 confirmed cases of the virus in Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Health Department, the majority of whom are connected to Biogen and the meeting it held late last month at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel.

About 175 people attended the meeting, including Chief Executive Michel Vounatsos and workers from the Swiss operation, the company told MarketWatch.

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In a statement, the biotech said it has informed all workers who attended the meeting and are symptomatic that they will be contacted by the public health authorities to be tested and that they must self-quarantine.

“Additionally, these employees are being asked to isolate from the people they live with (e.g. family members, loved ones or roommates) until further notice, and these close contacts must also be quarantined until further notice,” the company said in a statement.

Workers who are not showing symptoms of the virus are being asked to stay in quarantine until further notice, and people they live with are being advised to avoid social interaction and work form home.

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Two schools in Wellesley closed early Friday, because a parent who attended the Biogen meeting had tested positive, according to media reports.

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Biogen shares have gained 3% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 SPX, -1.70% has gained 8%.

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