Topics: Health

Chatham Town Offices Now Open By Appointment

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For the past several months, anyone who wanted a marriage license had to pass papers to the town clerk through an open window. New committee members have been sworn in on the steps of the town offices. Dropping off or picking up of plans, permits, tax payments and other documents at the annex has been done via a drop box, like spies passing clandestine documents in the night. That ends this week, whe...

New COVID Numbers Move Chatham Out Of The Red Zone

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A week after state officials designated Chatham a “higher risk community” and marked it red on its pandemic map, a decline in the daily case rate has put the town back into the lowest-risk category.  Now marked gray on the map, Chatham's case rate is now listed at 4.9 cases per 100,000 residents, down from 8.5.  The new designation was released Wednesday as part of the state's weekly public health repor...

Demand Remains High For Chatham COVID Fund

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – “Sadly, we're cranking away.” Stephen Daniel, co-founder of the Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund, was speaking about the continuation of the fund begun in April to help local residents under financial stress due to the pandemic. While there was no big spike after enhanced unemployment benefits ran out, there also hasn't been a significant drop in the amount of assistance the fund has been providing. ...

PLEASANT LAKE — When students return to Cape Cod Tech this week, it’ll be anything but normal. They’re in a new building, but some of the classrooms aren’t completely finished. Parking is limited because the old school building has yet to be demolished. And, of course, there’s a pandemic that will limit the school to 50 percent capacity for the time being. This week will be an orientation period, with students...

HARWICH — Two years ago, Christine Menard was on top of the world, literally. Always fit and energetic, she defied the limitations of asthma and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Two years later, having suffered the ravages of COVID-19, she’s celebrating another achievement. “I’m at Day 115, and it’s only now that I can get through a day without a nap,” she said. “That is a huge improvement, a monumental improvement...

A local restaurateur is looking to marshal forces to advocate for a bill that would help restaurants survive the pandemic. Massachusetts Senate Bill 2655, stalled since April, requires insurance companies to pay out business interruption insurance even during a pandemic. The issue goes back to the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak. A clause added at that time excludes insurance companies from paying out on interruptions...

ORLEANS — By this time next month, it’s expected that Nauset Regional High School can end fully remote classes and institute a hybrid model of remote and in-school education. “We’re thinking we can do this by Oct. 15 and get a lot of this work completed and approved, and get it approved by all the people who do inspections for us,” Superintendent Tom Conrad told a relieved regional school committee Sept. 10. “...

CHATHAM — Based on an increase of seven cases of COVID-19, state officials have designated Chatham a “higher risk community” and marked it red on its pandemic map. Officials say while the news underscores the importance of stemming the spread of the coronavirus, the designation is related, in part, to the town’s small population size. Acting on the previous two weeks’ case data, the Massachusetts Department ...

If Labor Day weekend was any indicator, the late summer on Cape Cod will have some of the best weather of the year. Regional tourism officials are hoping that an extended visitor season will buoy the local economy in advance of what’s expected to be a long, hard financial winter. Working with the Cape Cod Reopening Task force, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has launched a “Second Summer” campaign to keep tou...

Back-to-school anxiety is perfectly normal. But this year, it’s the parents who are worried about sending their kids to classes, while the kids are anxious about not going back to school – or at least to their normal school environment. It’s more evidence of the world gone topsy-turvy thanks to COVID-19. “I would say that probably more than 50 percent of my caseload is kids and parents with anxiety, anxiety th...

ORLEANS — With parts of Nauset Regional High School suffering air circulation problems, classes will be fully remote when instruction begins Sept. 16. That’s a switch from the original hybrid plan that called for split weeks of home and in-school learning. “We will… remain remote until the ventilation system is repaired and brought up to COVID standards,” Principal Chris Ellsasser wrote to teachers Tuesday m...

Four Squire Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM – The Chatham Squire, perhaps the town's best-known restaurant, closed Sunday for deep cleaning after four staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Owner Todd Hearle said the iconic restaurant would remain closed to indoor dining until Thursday to allow additional cleaning. Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson confirmed that four Squire employees tested positive. One person tested positive...

When it comes to housing, child care, hunger and the wealth gap, COVID-19 has exposed and worsened existing problems on Cape Cod. That was the conclusion of a panel of experts who met in a virtual “State of Cape Cod” session last week. From an economic standpoint, things may not seem too different this summer, but looks can be deceiving, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wendy Northcross said. Th...

Carpenter: Monomoy Is Ready For Students

By: Alan Pollock

78 Percent Will Attend In Person Teachers are returning to the Monomoy Schools today, and students will follow in about two-and-a-half weeks. When they do, the school district will be ready, Superintendent Scott Carpenter said. “We’re essentially running two different Monomoys,” he told the Chatham selectmen last week. Parents were given a choice whether to have their children attend classes remotely or in ...

High School Sports Remain Mired In Uncertainty

By: Kat Szmit

Who’s up for some spring football? Though it might not be traditional, that’s what athletic directors around the state are looking at as they try planning high school sports schedules amidst the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Aug. 19, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) released its recommendations for school sports, which could include a fourth “floating season” tha...

Teachers Support In-Person Learning, When Safe

By: Alan Pollock

Too Early To Return To The Classroom, They Say ORLEANS — Under drizzly skies last Wednesday, more than two dozen teachers from Monomoy, Nauset and other Lower Cape school districts staged a protest at the Orleans Rotary to express concerns about returning to the classroom during the pandemic. The teachers argue that they’re eager to see their students in person again, but not if doing so puts the school ...