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Nantucket Hospital Reports 'Significant Spike' In Coronavirus Transmission; Schools Shift To Remote Learning

NANTUCKET (CBS) -- Nantucket Cottage Hospital is reporting a "significant spike" in coronavirus cases on the island. As a result, the island town is temporarily switching to remote learning.

The hospital reported 46 new coronavirus cases among patients who went to the hospital's drive-thru testing site on Monday and Tuesday.

"This is by far the largest number of new cases we have reported over a two-day span," the hospital said in a statement.

The positivity rate on the island stands at 7.6%. Residents are urged to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

"This represents a significant spike in transmission of the virus on Nantucket, and we must take this situation extremely seriously," the hospital said.

Schools will be remote for at least the end of the week, at which point town officials will reassess the situation.


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