Dartmouth coronavirus case named

Mar 28, 2020

One of the first coronavirus cases in Dartmouth has been named by CBS Boston as Vanessa Anderson, a Dartmouth native and current resident of Brooklyn who told the local news outlet over the phone that she had moved her family to her father’s South Dartmouth home to escape the virus.

Anderson told WBZ-TV that her daughter has diabetes, so they moved out of the New York outbreak hotspot — only to come down with symptoms themselves. CBS Boston reported that her husband was the first to test positive for the viral illness, and Anderson herself has lost her sense of taste and smell. 

The family is currently living in separate rooms and checking in with a family doctor daily through FaceTime, Anderson told the news outlet.

The Town of Dartmouth released a statement on March 26 asking seasonal residents and visitors coming in from New York to self-isolate at home for 14 days upon arrival in Dartmouth. 

This comes at the same time as Governor Charlie Baker issued an order for all all travelers arriving in Massachusetts to self-quarantine for 14 days starting on March 27.

The new rules will be displayed on posters at highway service plazas and other transportation hubs.

Visitors to Massachusetts are instructed not to travel here if they are displaying symptoms.

Health care and public safety workers and other designated essential workers are exempt from the new regulations.

This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Anderson’s elderly father and his wife do not have coronavirus.