Nantucket has experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases and is witnessing a “community spread” among traditional people working in construction, landscaping, and cleaning, on Friday from workplaces, officials and the city to Nantucket Cottage Hospital Sharing transportation.
Seven new cases of coronovirus were revealed on Wednesday, and another seven were reported on Thursday, for a total of 77 cases in the city, according to Friday’s statement by Select Board President Don Hill Holdgate.
“These are the most cases we’ve seen in Nancasset so far in a short period of time,” said Holdgate. “While this is not an unexpected situation, due to the nature of coronaviruses, we can expect an episodic increase in the number of cases over the next 10–14 days.”
Of those 14 new cases, a dozen were among Nankutte residents, and the majority of those residents worked in construction, carpentry, landscaping, painting, or cleaning, including Roberto Santamaria, the city’s director of health and human services, and According to a separate statement from Friday. Gary Shaw, President of Nankut Cottage Hospital.
Holdgate said the city’s Select Board and Board of Health will hold an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. Monday. There will also be an increase in visits and health inspections at construction and landscaping sites in the city, she said.
Holdgate said the city is closing Tom Nevers Park from dawn to dusk and may close other city-owned recreational venues during those hours. He said the police would patrol those areas and ask anyone to leave during those hours.
Holdgate said that evidence from the community spread across Nantucket shows that “we have regained our mission to stop the spread of COIDID.”
Santamaria and Shaw asked that someone contact the contactor “answer their questions fully and truthfully, cooperate in the investigation of the case and follow all isolation and quarantine procedures.”
“Contact tracing is one of the strongest tools we have to stop the spread of the virus in our population,” he said.
Authorities encouraged Nankutte residents to wear a face mask in public, follow social discrimination practices, and avoid mass ceremonies.
Santarria and Shaw said, “Let’s cheer for all the patriots on Sunday, but we ask you to do this with your immediate families rather than gather in large groups or parties.”
Holdgate acknowledged that residents are being asked to make uncomfortable sacrifices for public health.
“Right now, we need stamina and commitment. It is difficult! “He said.” The results are worse. We have seen a lot of illegal ceremonies in some public places. The lax behavior of some has led to sanctions due to this current boom. “