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 on Wednesday, September 2.
Earlier this week, someone who had been working in the Bourne Public Schools central offices tested positive for the disease. This 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. Thank you to all of you who reached out to express concern and care," she wrote.
The fall athletic season for Bourne will be deferred to the "floating season," which will take place from February 22 through April 25. Superintendents of the member districts made the decision for a number of reasons including to mitigate the spread of the disease and to possibly avoid having to limit the number of spectators who could attend games. Bourne Schools are a member of the South Coast Conference along with Apponequet, Case, Dighton-Rehoboth, Fairhaven, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical School, Old Rochester, Seekonk, Somerset Berkley and Wareham.
The superintendents of those districts voted for the change in an 8 to 2 vote.
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 grey indicating that there are less than five cases in a town or city, with 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 are showing as grey. 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 total cases, and Sandwich has had 106 cases. All four towns have had fewer than five active cases within the past two weeks.
Cape Cod Hospital is treating two COVID-19 patients, none of whom are in intensive care. There are no COVID-19 patients at Falmouth Hospital.
Across the state the average age of a COVID-19 patient within the past two weeks is 38 years old, while the age bracket with the most new cases has been in the 20-to-29 range. The average age of someone who has died within the past two weeks has been 85 years old, and no one under the age of 30 has died from the disease within the same time frame.