Update on COVID-19 on Nantucket

On May 18, the governor of Massachusetts lifted the mandatory “Stay at Home” order and a “Safer at Home” advisory was instituted for those at higher risk. On the same day we entered Phase I of a four phase plan to safely reopen the economy of the commonwealth. Among other things, Phase I requires that everyone wear a mask or cloth face covering in public, that we continue washing our hands frequently, and that we practice social distancing (6 feet apart). There is also an advisory that anyone traveling to Massachusetts from out of state self-quarantine for 14 days. Nantucket Cottage Hospital has expanded testing for COVID-19 and is encouraging anyone with any symptoms to get tested. There is a robust tracking program (local Board of Health and the hospital) in place on Nantucket in an effort to try to contain any future outbreaks. Nantucketers took responsibility for their behavior these past few months which has resulted in only 14 known cases or coronavirus (as of this writing). We anticipate that there will be more cases as our population increases and it is imperative that everyone on island continue to act responsibly. Thank you for your consideration.