Sandwich now has six confirmed cases of COVID-19—one of which is a town employee.

Assistant Town Manager Heather Harper said in a press release Monday afternoon, March 23, that the employee has limited interactions with the public and that the immediate contacts for all six confirmed cases have been notified.

No further information about the newest patients was immediately available.

"We expect that this virus will continue to appear throughout the region and in our community," she said. "Your commitment to stay at home is essential to our capacity to sustain response to the virus in the days that lie ahead."

The manner in which each of the confirmed patients came into contact with the virus has not been made public, nor has the condition of each of the patients. What is known is that the first patient is a man in his 60s whose wife—a staff member at the Barnstable Community Innovation School—also tested positive for the virus. The third confirmed case is a resident in their 80s.

Ms. Harper continues to urge residents to practice social distancing and frequent hand-washing to limit the opportunity to come in contact with the virus. Independent outdoor activity is encouraged, but group activities such as team basketball games are not. She asked that people voluntarily stop participating in group activities so that the town does not have to take drastic steps such as closing recreational areas.

The most recent numbers indicate that Barnstable County has 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19—the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Updates are given by the state daily at 4 PM.

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