Harwich Announces Presumptive Case of Coronavirus

By: Staff Reports

Topics: Health

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 increased testing capabilities and community spread of COVID-19, having a positive case in Harwich was inevitable, town officials said. The increased availability of testing is expected to result in more cases throughout Cape Cod in the coming days and weeks.

“This is a crucial time in infection control,” the announcement reads. “Maintaining social distancing, limiting exposure to others, avoiding crowded places and vigilant hand-washing are vital steps in slowing the spread of this disease.”

Information about COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website and also by calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://mass211.org. Additional updates will be posted on the town’s website and on Channel 18.