Three Harwich COVID Cases Associated With Chatham Cluster; Testing Clinic Planned

By: Tim Wood

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HARWICH – Three Harwich residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been linked to the July 12 party in Chatham that produced a cluster of 10 positive cases.

In her weekly update Friday, Health Director Meggan Eldredge said a testing clinic for those who attended the party will be held next week. Specifics of time and place are not yet available.

Chatham is holding a pop-up testing clinic Monday at the town hall annex on George Ryder Road for those who attended the party of associated with someone who did. Click here for details.

According to Eldredge, there has been an increase in the number of positive and probably cases over the last two weeks, impacting several businesses where workers have tested positive. Three local restaurants — The Port, Ember and J Bar — have had to close for cleaning and disinfecting due to COVID-19 exposure, as had Heather's Hair Salon.

“Please be assured that the health department has been involved with each business that has had an exposure, and that we ensure the safe reopening of all businesses if and when this occurs,” Eldredge wrote in her update. She urged residents to take personal responsibility for their health and continue to practice social distancing, frequent hand washing and use of face coverings.

“This is a difficult time and businesses are doing their best to keep staff and patrons safe,” she wrote.

Harwich has had 135 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 71 of which were associated with the Wingate at Harwich nursing home. Eight cases remain active. There have been 24 fatalities.