Officials Investigate COVID Cluster At North Chatham Post Office

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: COVID-19


CHATHAM - Officials are investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases among staff at the North Chatham Post Office and are urging anyone who has visited that location since Dec. 28 to watch for symptoms, speak with their doctor, and consider getting tested.

On Saturday, town health officials were contacted by the Occupational Health Nurse Administrator for the New England Region of the Postal Service and learned that four staff members had tested positive for the disease.  Two of the employees are Chatham residents, and the other two live in other Cape communities.  Because of health privacy laws, town officials are not providing any information that further identifies the postal workers in question.

The Postal Service is conducting contact tracing and following cleaning protocols in accordance with CDC guidance, according to a news release issued by the town late Saturday afternoon. Town officials also alerted the Visiting Nurse Association, which conducts contact tracing in Chatham, to ensure the information was shared.

"The town encourages anyone who has been to the North Chatham Post Office since Dec. 28 to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, consult with their personal physician, and consider utilization of the testing available in Barnstable County," the news release reads.

"With the current COVID-19 surge underway, the town very strongly encourages all residents and visitors adhere to state guidelines, Governor’s orders, and local board of health orders regarding COVID-19 including wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer," read the announcement.

This article will be updated with any additional information that becomes available.