Cape Cod's first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus is a Sandwich resident.
Assistant Town Manager Heather B. Harper announced the information on Saturday evening, March 14 in a press release.
She said that the patient is a Sandwich man who is in his 60s. All of the people the man has had direct contact with have been notified of the situation, she said.
Ms. Harper said that there are precautions that residents can be taking to slow the spread of the virus.
"You can help slow the spread of this virus by maintaining social distancing, avoiding large groups, and continuing with hand-washing and observing good personal hygiene," she said.
Ms. Harper is part of the Sandwich COVID-19 Command Team which has been meeting regularly to discuss how the virus will be handled in town. As a result of their frequent meetings, Ms. Harper said that the town has been prepared for the virus's inevitable spread to Cape Cod.
She advised that anyone feeling ill with respiratory symptoms should contact their health provider by phone before going in to the office.
Information about the virus can be obtained by calling 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone. Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are available to answer any questions.