Town Manager Rodney C. Collins said that two cases of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, have been confirmed in Mashpee and took action to further close town hall at a virtual meeting of the selectmen on Monday, March 23.
“In an effort to control the spread of this virus that can potentially overburden our healthcare system, the Town of Mashpee is closing all of its facilities except essential services such as police, fire and [the department of public works] until at least April 8,” Mr. Collins said.
Town hall operated last week behind doors locked to the public but was available to employees who continued to use the building. With the most-recent measures, most departments will now operate remotely and can be reached via email, Mr. Collins said.
The transfer station remains open but will not accept certain bulky items.
The town manager instituted the new measures on the same day that Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. issued a “stay-at-home” advisory and as the amount of COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod continues to increase.
“We are striving not to be inconvenient to the public,” Mr. Collins said, “but in these extraordinary times we ask for the public's patience and understanding.”
Mr. Collins said the town will continue to provide updates through the town website and Facebook page.
“The severity of this pandemic must be taken into account and safeguards for the workplace and public health are critical,” Mr. Collins said. “Stay healthy and Mashpee strong.”
Mashpee health agent Glen E. Harrington said on Tuesday, “If there are cases in Mashpee it doesn’t change anything in terms of how we respond.”
Mr. Harrington said residents should continue vigilance and thorough hand washing, and maintain social distancing should they visit public areas.
He said the Visiting Nurse Association is “doing the investigation in terms of determining the close contacts” to those who have contracted the virus.