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Nantucket Health Officials Look To Quell Virus Spread After Spike

A sign requesting that people wear masks is posted at the Sandbar at Jetties Beach in Nantucket on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A sign requesting that people wear masks is posted at the Sandbar at Jetties Beach in Nantucket on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Nantucket's board of health is considering renewed restrictions on certain industries to combat a recent spike of coronavirus infections on the island.

Health officials say 14 people tested positive there last week, and the majority of them are cleaners, landscapers, carpenters or painters who travel to work together.

Nantucket Health and Human Services Director Roberto Santamaria is asking people to recommit to coronavirus safety protocols.

"It is critical that this community spread of the virus be contained so that our high-risk population stays safe and our hospital does not become overwhelmed," he said.

The board was scheduled to hold an emergency meeting Monday morning in response to the spread.

Santamaria said people who are experiencing symptoms — and those who've had close contact to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 — should be evaluated at Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Fausto Menard Twitter Newscast Writer and Digital Producer
Fausto Menard is a freelance newscast writer and digital producer at WBUR.

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