Nantucket Orders Shelter-In-Place After Island's First Coronavirus Case

NANTUCKET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Nantucket officials have issued a shelter-in-place order beginning Monday, after the island confirmed its first case of coronavirus over the weekend.

The town voted on Sunday to issue the order for residents to stay at home for two weeks starting Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m. through April 6.

"All persons living in the town and county of Nantucket are directed to stay at their place of residence until further notice," the statement said.

"This not a lockdown and essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants (including take-out and coffee shops - for delivery or curbside pick-up only) remain open for business."

The town's decision to order residents to stay in their homes comes after Nantucket Cottage Hospital confirmed the first positive case of the coronavirus on the island. The patient was screened on Friday, and the positive results came back within 48 hours, according to the hospital.

While speaking to the press in Mattapan on Sunday morning, Governor Charlie Baker urged people not to travel to the islands during the pandemic. "We would prefer people stay on the mainland, and not create additional issues for the islands," Baker said.

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