Chatham Announces Positive Coronavirus Case

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The Chatham Community Center is closed, like most other public buildings.  ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

CHATHAM -- Town officials were notified Saturday of the town's first positive case of the COVID-19 virus.

According to a press release, privacy laws prevented the identification of the individual. Close contacts of the person are being contacted and directed to self-isolate.

As testing capabilities increase, town officials said they expect additional cases will be identified in Chatham.  They urged residents take the steps recommended by health officials to limit exposure to others, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing.

There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Harwich, and "many people" are under self-quarantine due to being in close contact with a confirmed case, according to the town's health department.

The town's emergency operations center was set up at the fire station last week on a daytime basis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to coordinate the town' s response to the coronavirus.  The schedule will be expanded if necessary, officials said.  The public can call the center at 508-945-5191 or email chathameoc@chatham-ma.gov; staff and volunteers will answer questions and direct callers to appropriate services.