Topics: Health

Travelers From NY, NJ, CT Urged To Self-isolate

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

On Wednesday, the Chatham Board of Health issued a notice urging people from New Jersey, New York or Connecticut who've come to their seasonal homes in Chatham voluntarily self-isolate in their homes for 14 days. The move was recommended by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the notice reads . "This voluntary self-isolation, out of an abundance of caution, recognizes that New York City is the current ...

Virus Apparently Claims Retired Episcopal Priest

By: Alan Pollock

Though it could not be confirmed through public health channels, the COVID-19 virus has apparently claimed the life of a retired priest who was affiliated with Christ Church, Harwich Port. According to the Rev. Brian McGurk, rector at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Chatham, the Rev. Dr. Richard Ottaway, an Episcopal priest and college professor, died Sunday night at Cape Cod Hospital as as result of COV...

Recognizing that many local residents are hurting because of the closures and other restrictions imposed by the coronavirus emergency, businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations are stepping up to the plate to provide much-needed support and services, ranging from financial donations to supplying families with diapers and other necessities to sewing protective masks for healthcare workers. “This commu...

Test Kits And Supplies Thin At Outer Cape Health Services

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Outer Cape Health Services will be conducting all its COVID-19 testing from its Wellfleet health clinic, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Jorgenson said in a teleconference on Monday afternoon. But he expressed frustration with the lack of test kits and protective supplies available to the clinic. He explained the reason for using only one of OCHS’s three clinics is to prevent the other clinics from ...

Food Demand On The Rise At Pantries

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With more businesses either closing their doors or reducing staff, more people are reaching out to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and the Lower Cape Outreach Council to feed their families. Family Pantry Director Christine Menard said Monday the pantry is seeing an increase in the number of people in need of food for their families, many of whom were just laid off. There are others who have utilized t...

If Cape Cod followed Vermont’s example, all our worries about postponing town meeting would be unnecessary. Up in the Green Mountain State, almost all communities hold their annual budget-setting sessions on Town Meeting Day, the first Tuesday of March. It’s a state holiday. Vermont’s work is done for this year, but Massachusetts towns have been tripped up in the middle of the process by a pandemic disease tha...

Virus Apparently Claims Retired Episcopal Priest

By: Alan Pollock

Though the news could not be confirmed through public health channels, the COVID-19 virus has apparently claimed the life of an 88-year-old Brewster man who was formerly a parishioner at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Chatham. According to the Rev. Brian McGurk, rector at St. Christopher’s, the Rev. Dr. Richard Ottaway, an Episcopal priest and college professor, died Sunday night at Cape Cod Hospital as...

Harwich Announces Presumptive Case of Coronavirus

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH — Town officials announced this afternoon that a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Harwich. Because of privacy laws, the demographics of the case will remain anonymous, the town announcement reads. “The close contacts of the positive case have been notified by the Visiting Nurse Association and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine,” the notice reads. With ...

In a response that flexes both their emergency response skills and their ability to improvise, Lower Cape officials are doing what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while keeping essential government services going. As of Friday morning, there were five confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Barnstable County, but with the increased availability of test kits, public health officials expect that n...

With a global pandemic threat, the struggling stock market and divisive politics in Washington, you might be forgiven for feeling a bit anxious lately. Add to those worries the problems of ordinary life, and those feelings might be overwhelming. According to information posted by the National Institute of Mental Health, it’s important to remember that stress is a natural reaction. “Occasional anxiety is an ...

Health: Fighting Coronavirus Fear With Facts

By: Alan Pollock

News headlines about the novel Wuhan coronavirus seem to get a bit more frightening each day, and the number of infected people is increasing, as is the geographic spread of the illness. But a review of the facts can help put the risk in perspective. Coronaviruses, so named because of their crown-like shape when viewed under a microscope, are nothing new. They often cause respiratory illnesses or the cold, and...

CHATHAM – Taking action ahead of a new state law set to go into effect June 1, the board of health last week approved regulations banning the retail sale of all flavored tobacco products in town. Last summer the board banned flavored tobacco sales in regular retail stores, but allowed the sales in adult-only smoke shops. The latest revision of the town's tobacco control regulations, slated to go into effect Ja...

The arrival of cold weather means that people are starting up their furnaces and fireplaces for the season. And when the snow flies and the power goes out, people find creative ways to cook their food and heat their homes. Together, these factors spell an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a product of all kinds of combustion, from candles and cookstoves to gasoline engines...

Perhaps you're in charge of preparing a church supper, a potluck dinner or your family’s Thanksgiving feast. But before you show off your culinary talents, consider taking some time to review some basic safety techniques for preparing and handling food. A poorly prepared holiday meal can have consequences that are more severe than dry turkey or a pie crust that isn’t flaky. Millions of cases of foodborne illne...

HARWICH – A handful of Monomoy Regional School District parents got a crash course in vaping on Oct. 16, when Kim Slade, a substance abuse prevention manager and vaping expert with the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, offered information on teen vaping that sent any defense of vaporizer use up in smoke. “From 2017 to 2019 we've seen a 135 percent increase in students vaping,” Slade told parents ...

Chatham Hosts Community Health Fair Saturday

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Curious about whether your skin has been damaged by the sun? Want to know more about tick-borne diseases, nutrition, or Alzheimer's disease? Maybe you'd just like to get a flu shot. If so, the board of health-sponsored Community Health Fair is the place for you. On Oct. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., the community center will be turned into a one-stop shop for information, with participation from more than a ha...