BARNSTABLE, MA — The Board of Health has issued an advisory asking people to self-quarantine if they have traveled in hot spot areas for the the new coronavirus such as New York City.
Health officials said the advisory applies to those that traveled to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. This advisory does not apply to:
- People traveling to provide and carry out COVID-19 essential services
- People traveling to care for the elderly, minors, children, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons
- People traveling to and from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and other related services
"This voluntary self-quarantine, out of an abundance of caution, recognizes that New York City is the current epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, with more than 15,000 confirmed cases in New York City alone," Board of Health officials said in a statement. "Self-isolation for 14 days will help curb the spread of the disease in the Town of Barnstable and Barnstable County and lessen the stress on our critical infrastructure, including first responders, hospitals and healthcare providers."
Town officials encouraged non residents to return to their full-time homes. They said any new arrivals should take extra precauction to distance themselves when buying groceries or doing any other essential activity.