Bourne School District staff members who had been exposed to COVID-19 have all tested negative for the disease, Superintendent Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou said Wednesday, September 2.
Earlier this week, someone who had been working in the Bourne Public Schools central offices tested positive for the disease. That resulted in a handful of staff, including Dr. Zhou, being exposed.
Dr. Zhou sent an email update to staff and families announcing the negative test results.
“We are glad that the mitigation measures that we have had in place such as mask wearing, hand-washing, cleaning protocols and physical distancing have stopped the spread of contagions and kept our staff members safe,” she wrote. “Thank you to all of you who reached out to express concern and care.”
In Cape-wide COVID-19 developments, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce going into the Labor Day weekend is promoting a “Second Summer” campaign to promote tourism in the area into the fall.
Wendy K. Northcross, the chamber’s chief executive officer, said this will be the first time the Second Summer campaign has been promoted across Cape Cod instead of in individual towns.
She said Cape Cod enjoys warm fall temperatures due in part to the Cape extending into the Gulf Stream, which has made the region a popular tourism spot into the fall.
“We continue to enjoy moderate temperatures. We’ve been on the beach in November,” she said.
Activities being promoted will be largely outdoors and will include golfing, kayaking, hiking and fishing while also promoting local retail and restaurant businesses. The campaign is intended to help recoup some of the economic losses the region has felt during the pandemic.
The campaign will be promoted through billboards in areas such as Hartford, Connecticut, as well as on online media advertising on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.
The campaign comes at a time when the coronavirus has hurt businesses across Cape Cod.
Kristy Senatori, executive director of the Cape Cod Commission, said a survey of local businesses has indicated businesses in the region have seen their revenues decline in part due to having fewer customers, as well as facing increased costs to maintain sanitization standards and requirements.
Ms. Senatori said about 370 businesses from all 15 Cape towns have responded to the survey. More than half of those responding said their revenues are down about 50 percent over the same time period last year, with 22 percent of businesses saying their revenues are down 75 percent.
Ms. Northcross said some business sectors have been doing well during this time, including real estate and home rentals. She said restaurants and retail shops have been struggling.
Additional COVID Updates
Over the past two weeks, 52 positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on Cape Cod, bringing the region’s total to 1,635 confirmed cases of the illness.
A total of 166 people have died from the disease on Cape Cod, which includes probable and confirmed cases of the virus.
The state has been providing information on a color-coded map about how individual towns are doing when it comes to the virus, with gray indicating there are less than five cases in a town or city; green indicating a daily incidence rate of less than four cases per 100,000 residents; yellow indicating a rate of between four and eight cases per 100,000 residents; and red signifying a daily rate of eight or more cases per 100,000 residents. The state’s daily average rate is 4.2 per 100,000 residents.
Most towns in Barnstable County show as gray. The exception is Barnstable, which has 28 active cases of the disease with 31 new positives in the past two weeks. The average daily incidence rate in Barnstable as of Wednesday is 4.5 per 100,000 residents.
On the Upper Cape, 171 cases have been confirmed in Bourne; Falmouth has had a total of 246 cases; Mashpee has had 78; and Sandwich has had 106.
Within the past two weeks, all four towns have had fewer than five active cases.
Cape Cod Hospital is treating two COVID-19 patients, neither of whom is in intensive care. No COVID-19 patients are at Falmouth Hospital.
Across the state, the average age of a COVID-19 patient within the past two weeks is 38. The age bracket with the most new cases has been in the 20-to-29 range.
For the past two weeks, the average age of someone who has died has been 85 years old. No one under the age of 30 has died from the disease within those two weeks.