Natucket Sees Serious Coronavirus Surge With 64 New Cases

NANTUCKET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Officials on Nantucket say the town is going through another serious Coronavirus surge with 64 newly reported cases on Saturday.

The new cases add on to the 159 new cases identified on Nantucket over the past week. The town's Health Director Roberto Santamaria broke down the numbers in a video statement addressing the surge.

"Among the individuals who have tested positive this week, we have seen an age range of 9 months to 60 years. The majority are people in their 20's and 30's," said Santamaria.

He says it's important to know the age groups impacted because Covid has more severe impacts on people who are older and have underlying conditions.

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President and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital Gary Shaw called the uptick concerning.

"We're grateful and we're lucky that none of these recent active cases of Covid-19 have required hospitalization yet but the number of people we've diagnosed over the past week is very troubling," Gary said.

The seven-day positivity rate for the island has climbed to 10.9 percent, the highest rate it's seen since the start of the pandemic.

Island officials urge residents to socially distance and follow all Covid safety guidelines. 

WBZ NewsRadio's Tim Dunn Reports

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