Greetings, I’m Lisa Getter with Nantucket Community Television. In this broadcast, you will hear from Dawn Holdgate, speaking on behalf of the Select Board and the Town of Nantucket. This broadcast has been brought to you by NCTV’s Nantucket Pulse Programming, made possible by the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Community Health Initiative. This broadcast will be available on nctv18.org, where one can read this in multiple languages, and links to what we mention in this broadcast will be in place.

Dear Nantucket Community:

Hello Nantucket, my name is Dawn Holdgate, Chairwoman of the Select Board. I have just received news from the Nantucket Cottage Hospital that the island has its first confirmed, positive test result of COVID-19. Please be advised that the Nantucket Select Board and the Nantucket Health & Human Services Director with endorsement by the Board of Health have voted to issue a Stay at Home Order (aka “Shelter in Place Order”) effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 5:00 PM through Monday, April 6, 2020, however, to be reviewed by the Select Board, Public Health, Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the Incident Command weekly to determine when the Order will be suspended.  The Board stresses that there is a possibility that this unprecedented public health event might last longer than the Governor’s current school closing ban.

All persons living in the Town and County of Nantucket are directed to stay at their place of residence until further notice.  This is not a “lockdown” and essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants (including take-out and coffee shops – for delivery or curbside pick-up only) remain open for business.

There is no reason to panic or rush out for supplies! We suggest any and all travel to or from the island be limited to essential reasons only. Most Nantucketers are staying at home already.  FAQ’s about acceptable ways to stay at home or “shelter in place” can be found on the Town’s website at the link appearing at the bottom of this screen.

This decision was made in consultation with Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Public Health Officials with the intent to “flatten” the rate at which Coronavirus is potentially spread.  If the Town experiences a spike in serious cases that exceed Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s capacity to care for them as is predicted by hospital personnel, people could die from inadequate access to medical care if we don’t take these extreme measures.  The Town is serious about social distancing as a proven tool to prevent the spread of this disease. Two Emergency Orders have already been issued and this Order assists with the effort to keep our community safe. Beating this unprecedented public health threat is the responsibility of the entire Nantucket community.  The health of Nantucket is in our hands.

The full Order may be found at the link at the bottom of your screen.

Nantucketers, please, stay home, stay safe, and stay well. We are in this together.

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This concludes our news announcement for today, March 22nd, 2020. We will continue to provide you with updates on the Coronavirus and the impact for Nantucket. Additionally, NCTV wants you to know Nantucket Pulse will also include shows from our local health therapist starting next week on Channel 18 and nctv18.org. It’s important that communication remains in place as events continue to unfold. It’s crucial to get the facts from your local news sources, such as the Inquirer & Mirror, 97.7 ACK FM, and NCTV Channel 18. Stay safe.