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 epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, with more than 15,000 confirmed cases in New York City alone. Self-isolation for 14 days will help curb the spread of the disease in Chatham and Barnstable County and lessen the stress on our critical infrastructure, including First Responders, Hospitals and Health Care," the notice reads.
"We strongly urge new arrivals to take special steps to distance themselves when buying groceries or undertaking other essential activities in our community; practice social distancing, avoid group gatherings, monitor your health, and contact your Health Care Provider should you feel ill."
Any person who is experiencing symptoms such as a fever, and cough or difficulty breathing is encouraged to self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. All persons are urged to maintain social distancing (6 feet from other persons) whenever possible and to wash hands, utilize alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and practice proper respiratory etiquette. High risk individuals, including older adults, those with underlying medical conditions (heart or lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, weakened immune system, anyone who is pregnant), are particularly urged to avoid large gatherings.
Chatham residents who have COVID-19 questions or special needs can call the town's Emergency Operations Center at (508) 945-5191 weekdays.