Tuesday marked the 18th straight day no new cases of coronavirus were reported on Nantucket.
Since testing began, there have been 10 cases confirmed on on the island. One patient, a man in his 80s with a preexisting medical condition, died April 5 at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and another was transferred to a mainland facility for a higher level of care. No coronavirus-positive patients are currently admitted at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and none are under investigation for COVID-19.
Seven of those who have tested positive have recovered, and two remain in isolation, hospital officials said.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, 239 nasal swabs from Nantucket had been sent to state labs for testing. In addition to the 10 positive tests, 223 have come back negative and six are awaiting results.
While public-health officials acknowledged that 10 positive cases may seem like a relatively small number, and nearly three weeks without any new confirmed cases is definitely good news, they emphasized the need to continue abiding by the town’s stay-at-home order and federal social-distancing guidelines.