FALMOUTH (CBS) – Eight Falmouth lifeguards have tested positive for coronavirus as of Tuesday, the town’s Board of Selectmen confirmed.
Falmouth town manager Julian Suso sent a public notice on Monday saying that “one or more” of the town’s lifeguards had tested positive. Selectmen confirmed during their meeting the number was eight as of Monday night.
Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann is working on contact tracing after the cluster was discovered.
“We believe that the nexus of most of these positive Covid cases came from sort of socializing amongst some staff at the beach, not while they were on duty but really at a party or an event,” Select Board Chairwoman Meghan English Braga.
A free COVID-19 testing process was set up at Falmouth Hospital for all lifeguards and beach department staff.
As a result of the positive tests, some Falmouth beaches will be operating temporarily with a reduced number of lifeguards.
Some residents said they believe the cluster should serve as a warning sign.
“I just feel like my red flags are going up again that like it’s here it’s still prevalent and to remain being cautious,” said Selby Bourne.