One or more Falmouth lifeguards tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released this afternoon, Monday, July 27, by Town Manager Julian M. Suso.
“At this time, we are awaiting those testing result to enter the state’s reporting system,” Mr. Suso wrote.
Mr. Suso said the exact number of lifeguards cannot be confirmed, since the only information known is from self-reporting. He did not know how the person or people were infected, their age or hometown. The lifeguard or lifeguards did not work their weekend shifts because of the positive tests, he said.
“We’re still learning more and more details are forthcoming,” he said, noting there might be more information available at tonight’s Falmouth Select Board meeting.
Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann is working with the Visiting Nurse Association on performing contract tracing per state protocols. The town is also working with several entities to create a free voluntary COVID-19 testing site at Falmouth Hospital for all lifeguards and other beach staff. Testing will begin Tuesday, July 28, and results should be available within 48 hours, the statement said.
Some beaches might be short-staffed depending on the outcome of the testing.
“During this process, some Falmouth beaches will necessarily be operating on a temporary, reduced staffing basis as it relates to the lifeguards,” Mr. Suso wrote.