Topics: Health

HARWICH — Diane Turco, an activist who’s been raising alarms about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power plant since the 1980s, never shrinks from a fight. So on Monday, when a judge threw out a trespassing charge against her stemming from a 2018 visit to the power plant with news reporters, she was disappointed. “We wanted to go to court to highlight the fact of the insignificant security around a nuclear plant,” the Har...

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) wants to know what you think about healthcare and related issues on Cape Cod. To that end, the group has issued a Community Health Needs Assessment. It must be completed by May 13. “It really gives you a lot of great data, specifically for Cape Cod,” Jennifer Cummings, CCHC’s associate director of development and community benefits, said in a telephone interview last week. “It rea...

CHATHAM — With its two newest officers recently certified, every member of the Chatham Police Department has now completed special training in how to help people experiencing mental health episodes. The Community Crisis Intervention Training (CCIT) is a partnership between police, mental health experts and health care providers, and the Chatham Police are now the only department on Cape Cod to have trained 100...

HARWICH – Despite concerns raised about the potential “decimation” of the horseshoe crab population, the planning board unanimously approved a special permit for Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. to establish a facility to extract blood from the ancient arthropods for biomedical uses. The Wilmington-based company was before the board on April 12 seeking a land use special permit to conduct scienti...

Throughout his 16-year professional career working in medicine in the United States, Dr. Marcial Santos has viewed running as one way to relieve stress from his busy schedule while serving as a primary care physician at Liberty Commons and as a hospitalist at Cape Cod Hospital. After spending the past two years working on the frontline of Cape Cod’s battle against COVID-19, Dr. Santos is set to run the 126 th ...

Horseshoe Crab Blood Extraction Facility Proposed

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – A company that processes horseshoe crab blood for endotoxin detection testing is seeking to locate a facility in the town’s industrial district along Queen Anne Road. Charles River Laboratories, Inc. will go before the planning board on Tuesday, April 12 seeking a use special permit for scientific research and development in facilities at 195 Queen Anne Rd., adjacent to the town’s transfer station si...

A humorous staple of old TV shows is a character who, after he indicates he has a pain in his neck, is grabbed by a chiropractor who then cracks his neck and immediately relieves the pain. A more modern version of this are YouTube video compilations of “greatest cracks.” Chatham chiropractor Troy Niezgoda, who will celebrate the one-year anniversary of opening his practice at 60F Munson Meeting Way on May 1...

EASTHAM – Court Watson took an art history class as a sophomore at Nauset Regional High School. But nothing he learned in the classroom could have prepared him for the things he saw in Rome up close. One of 17 Nauset High students who went on a trip to the ancient city over the school's February break, Watson, now a senior, recalled a visit to a museum in a house built upon layers of the city's past history. ...

COVID Numbers Drop, Though Less Quickly

By: Alan Pollock

Officials: BA.2 ‘Stealth’ Subvariant Bears Watching While local COVID-19 case numbers are at their lowest point since the end of last July and are still generally declining, public health officials are warning people to remain vigilant. BA.2, the so-called “stealth variant” of the virus, has spread widely throughout Europe and is now believed to be the dominant strain of the coronavirus in the U.S. The two-...

Art Heals At Outer Cape Health Services

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     HARWICH PORT – Let's be honest. For most of us, going to see a doctor isn't necessarily among our top 10 favorite ways to spend an afternoon.      At the Outer Cape Health Services Harwich Port Health Center, however, a visit to the doctor means a chance to see a new art exhibit every six months. Since the Harwich Port location opened in December 2018, rotating “healing art” exhibits have been display...

Monomoy Schools To Lift Mask Mandate Monday

By: Alan Pollock

Nauset Schools To Make Town-by-town Decisions When they return to classes Monday after winter break, students in the Monomoy Regional School District could opt to leave their face masks at home. While they’re still required on school buses, in nurse’s offices and for students returning from COVID-19 quarantine, masks will be optional in Monomoy classrooms starting Feb. 28. In the Nauset district, which span...

Locals Seek Solutions To Cape’s Suicide Problem

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – About three dozen people packed into a room in the Brooks Free Library basement Thursday evening to attend a suicide awareness expert panel and forum that was open to the public. The forum, titled “Playing a Role in Suicide Awareness,” was organized and hosted by The Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition and other local suicide prevention organizations in response to recent news of two youth ...

Chatham Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate

By: Alan Pollock

Hopeful Signs At Pandemic's Two-Year Mark CHATHAM — Pointing to two weeks’ data showing declining COVID-19 case numbers, the board of health voted Monday to rescind its mask mandate for indoor public spaces. Two years after the outbreak of the pandemic, the vote is another hopeful sign that conditions are improving. Driven by the Omicron variant, COVID cases spiked following Thanksgiving and again after Chr...

Omicron Cases Peak, But Deaths Still Rise

By: Alan Pollock

As predicted, COVID-19 case numbers driven by the ultra-contagious Omicron variant appear to have peaked on Cape Cod, as they have in other parts of the country. Because of a two-week delay related to the typical progression of the disease, death rates continue to climb, however. As of last week, the 14-day percent positivity rate on the Lower Cape had begun to generally decline, standing at 18.4 percent in Ha...

Orleans Due State, County ARPA Funds

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Between state and federal COVID-19 funding and anticipated revenue from two recreational marijuana shops due to open in town, more money is coming to Orleans. But town officials need more guidance on how to spend it. The select board on Jan. 19 had a preliminary discussion on what the town can expect from state and county COVID-19 relief funding and tried to get a sense of how that money can and cann...

ORLEANS – A new urgent care facility is on schedule to open its doors this spring at the site of the former Lobster Claw restaurant on Route 6A. Ground broke last month on the yet-to-be-named facility, which will be located at 42 Route 6A. The 6,500-square-foot center is being built as part of an extensive $125 million capital campaign announced by Cape Cod Healthcare Jan. 4. Plans for the new center show a...