Topics: Health

CHATHAM — On its surface, the surge in COVID-19 cases that gained national headlines for Provincetown might just as easily have happened in Chatham. Both places saw huge crowds around the Fourth of July, with influxes of people from around the country. What was different? It might be the fact that Chatham has a much more subdued nightlife. Providing a pandemic update to the health board Monday night, Health...

Mobile Unit Offers Cape Residents COVID-19 Treatment

By: Debra Lawless

It seems that most of the news we hear about the coronavirus pandemic lately is bad news. But while there is no outright cure for COVID-19, a helpful treatment has come to Cape Cod Hospital in the form of a mobile unit offering monoclonal antibody therapy (mAb). The mobile unit is a first of its kind on Cape Cod and only one of two such units in Massachusetts. Patients receiving the outpatient treatment are th...

Driven in part by a growing cluster of cases in Provincetown, the Cape’s COVID-19 case count has jumped exponentially, prompting more people to resume wearing masks and socially distancing. Since July 1, 765 cumulative cases were linked to the Provincetown outbreak, believed connected to July 4 gatherings. Most of those cases were Massachusetts residents, most had caused mild symptoms that did not require hosp...

‘Breakthrough’ COVID Cases Raise Alarm

By: Alan Pollock

With concerns growing about the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19, and with Provincetown fighting a localized surge of cases among mostly vaccinated people, you might see more people voluntarily wearing masks in the weeks ahead. “We are seeing a slight uptick,” Chatham Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson told the health board this week. The town saw two new cases of COVID-19 in ...

In the wake of a confirmed case of raccoon rabies in Hyannis recently, wildlife officials are now distributing nearly 70,000 oral rabies vaccine baits in Harwich, Chatham, Orleans and surrounding towns. Some of the bait will be thrown from trucks, but most doses will be dropped by helicopter. A previous vaccination effort on the Cape held raccoon rabies at bay for nearly a decade, but a raccoon tested positive...

Latest PFAS Numbers Down, Source Remains Unknown

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The latest round of water tests show a decline in the concentration of PFAS contaminants in a public supply well off Training Field Road, but officials aren’t celebrating yet. “There’s more questions in these numbers than answers, unfortunately,” Chatham Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson said Tuesday. In April, town officials shut down a well off Training Field Road after PF...

CHATHAM — With public water supplies already taxed by the drought, town officials recently had to disconnect one of the town’s wells after higher-than-acceptable levels were detected of dangerous contaminants known collectively as PFAS. Officials are now scrambling to bring other wells online and to take other steps to meet this summer’s expected water demand while devising a long-term plan to address the con...

Chatham Reinstates Independence Day Parade

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though it might not be as grand as usual, the town will have a real, in-person parade to mark Independence Day this summer. On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the select board followed the advice of the parade committee and gave the event its go-ahead. The board also voted to allow a fireworks display on Veterans Field on Thursday, July 1. The parade will happen on July 3, since July 4 falls on ...

The usual scramble ahead of the summer season will be a bit more frantic this year. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that, as of May 29 – the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend – all pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and public gatherings will be lifted. The news, while joyful, provides less than two weeks for restaurant owners, retailers, town officials and civic groups to adjust their plan...

The Port Restaurant Denied Outdoor Dining

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Of the 10 restaurants that applied to the selectmen for outdoor dining under the state’s emergency provisions for restaurants, only one – The Port Restaurant and Bar – was denied. Selectmen made the decision based on general disturbances to the neighborhood. Last Tuesday the board OK'd outdoor table service licenses for nine restaurants that received approval as part of the commonwealth’s state of...

Several years ago, Mark Pasquini of South Dennis approached Cape Abilities, a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod, and asked if he could become a friend or mentor to one of its participants “in a one-on-one role.” Pasquini “wanted to do something bigger than myself, and through my friendship add some richness and varied experiences to the life of an i...

HARWICH — The past year has been an emotional one, with feelings of uncertainty and isolation tempered by opportunities for creativity, productivity and reflection. In a new public art project, the community center is encouraging people to get creative in expressing the town’s collective emotions from the past year. “We wanted to do something where we could still be interacting with the members of our commun...

While all people over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and while case numbers are trending down again, officials are warning that even fully vaccinated people are still able to contract the disease. On Monday afternoon, Broad Reach Healthcare President and CEO Bill Bogdanovich notified residents and family members that a staff member at the Victorian assisted living center had test...

Cape Battles Third Wave Of COVID-19

By: Alan Pollock

While more and more people are getting COVID-19 vaccinations each day, Barnstable County is still struggling with a surge of cases linked to the Mid Cape. The county’s 14-day incidence rate, expressed as cases per 100,000 people, stands at 40.2, pushed high by the town of Barnstable’s rate of 78.5 cases. On the Lower Cape, the rate stands at 27 cases per 100,000 in Chatham, 31.8 cases in Harwich and 22.9 cases...

HARWICH — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in different ways. For many people, the stay-at-home and reduced socialization directives have created a sheltered atmosphere. But not for Kate Seeley. Seeley is using her time to assist people struggling to obtain COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The West Harwich resident said she took a leave of absence from her job at the Outer Cape Health Service Women...

Despite the wider availability of vaccines, COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod are surging ahead of the state average. That has public health officials at all levels of government pleading with the public to continue wearing masks, avoiding crowds and taking other necessary precautions. Led by a “significant COVID-19 outbreak” in Barnstable and Yarmouth, the Cape registered a 5.59 percent two-week positivity rate as o...