Wellfleet Coronavirus Update

Wellfleet: April 3, 2020
We have three confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Wellfleet Health and Conservation Department data regarding case counts come directly from MDPH (MA Dept. of Public Health) and their surveillance system (MAVEN). We use the language and terminology per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and recent guidance categorizes all confirmed or presumptive positive cases as positive.
The Wellfleet Health and Conservation Department understands that case counts may actually be higher than reported, due to a number of factors: Testing capabilities have been increased by other area lab organizations and hospitals and not all of the test results are reported to MDPH or the Wellfleet Health and Conservation Department; and
People may be asymptomatic (or have very mild symptoms) and do not realize that they may have COVID-19 and need to be tested; and
Providers may be offering diagnoses based on symptoms and history (rather than testing) and telling patients that they are likely positive and should stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days. (e.g, Someone might call their provider with a few symptoms and indicate that they were with someone from Biogen. In this case, the doctor may assume positive for COVID-19 and ask the patient to self-isolate at home for two weeks).
This information will be updated regularly, as more confirmed cases arise.
Wellfleet announces the first positive case of COVID-19.

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