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Eve Zuckoff

Despite ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, voters from Falmouth to Kingston took part in a special election Tuesday to fill an open state Senate seat. 

Mary Keleher

Every morning from April to August, Mary Keleher puts her hair up in a ponytail and heads out to a Mashpee golf course, where she uses a rope-and-pulley system to lower white plastic gourds from trees. Inside each gourd is a nesting pair of birds.

Jennette Barnes

Hundreds of Chatham residents and business owners gathered on a video conference call Monday to brainstorm about how to keep the town safe and operating during the summer season.

Alecia Orsini

Cape Cod Healthcare furloughed more than 600 employees Thursday in an effort to heal financial wounds caused by the pandemic.

CEO Mike Lauf said he could no longer keep paying everyone in the face of mounting losses.

Community Development Partnership

Tensions between local environmentalists and housing advocates have long played out in battles to preserve local land while making sure people can afford to live on Cape Cod.

Falmouth Village Association

As restaurants plan ways to safely reopen for table service, some Cape and Islands communities are considering expanded outdoor seating.

Among the communities investigating the idea is Falmouth, where people have proposed closing a section of Main Street to vehicles to allow for European-style seating at outdoor tables.

Liz Lerner

Plymouth Selectmen are hoping to postpone the special senate election to replace a seat left vacant by Vinny DeMacedo. The board sent a letter with the request to state lawmakers this week, saying that the voting is not a good idea amid the pandemic.

Jennette Barnes

Hours at the drive-through test site for COVID-19 at Cape Cod Community College have been reduced from 48 to 30 each week.

Barnstable County Government

Barnstable County health director Sean O’Brien is thanking the many volunteers who are helping Cape Cod respond to the pandemic.

Center for Coastal Studies image taken under NOAA permit #14603-1.

Speed restrictions and fishing closures in most of Cape Cod Bay  and portions of the Outer Cape have been extended to May 8th to protect lingering North Atlantic right whales. 

The trap/pot and fixed gear ban was initially set to expire on April 30th, but a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said two mother/calf pairs of the critically endangered species were spotted in the Bay over the weekend, which “elevates the need for conservative management.”

Credit: sba.gov

Starting Monday, small business owners around the country can apply for the latest infusion of federal money meant to help small businesses keep their workers on the payroll for as long as possible during this pandemic. 

Alecia Orsini

Over the past seven weeks, Sindi Harvey of West Yarmouth has been trying to fill her days gardening, watching news, and walking her two dogs.

“I am alone here, except for my other little heartbeats, my animals,” she said.

Elsa Partan

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 

Marches, rallies, and events have been canceled or moved online for social distancing purposes, but local activists are encouraging people to grab a bag, don some gloves, and get to work cleaning up the environment.  

Krys Alex

Arts and culture are a staple of the summer season on the Cape and Islands, and winter sustenance for year-rounders from New Bedford to Provincetown. With shows postponed because of the pandemic, institutions are adapting — but some are seeing staggering losses.

 

massgeneral.org

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has by far the most COVID-19 patients of any hospital in the state – 447 cases as of Tuesday. WCAI spoke recently with a nursing student from Cape Cod who is caring for COVID patients at Mass General, and she shared how difficult and isolating the experience has been for both patients and staff.

Center for Coastal Studies, NOAA permit #19315-1

Three right whale calves have been spotted with their mothers in Cape Cod Bay, a rare piece of good news for the critically endangered species.  

Courtesy of Nelson Andrews Jr.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe said it's the first tribe in the nation to receive direct federal assistance for pandemic response.

As a result, all members of federally recognized tribes are eligible for COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru site in Mashpee at no cost and regardless of symptoms. 

https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/case-numbers-and-figures

With the new interactive tool, users can click on a town to see the number of new cases over a 24-hour period. Areas are color-coded by level of risk, and some towns are broken down by zip code.

The first wave of detainees with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been released from a Bristol county facility amid fears of a COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Bristol County Sheriff's Office.

Lourdes Abreu Torres

Alexandra Davies of Pocasset is among those who've tested positive for COVID-19. The 23-year-old Americorps member spoke with WCAI's Eve Zuckoff recently about her experience with symptoms and treatment at Falmouth Hospital. Davies began by saying she started showing symptoms around March 15th, when she was showing a friend some exercises.

Hilde Maingay, of Falmouth, is well-known and loved for the Easter celebration she throws each year for her friends, family, and neighbors. This year's party would have been her 49th straight year hosting. 

“For all of us, really, it’s the best party of the year,” she said.  “There’s no gifts involved; people bring great music; we’ve never been rained out, which is totally amazing.” 

Liz Lerner

Chuck Burridge has been driving a cab for 14 years. He’s often at the ferry terminal in Woods Hole looking for rides, and lately, business has been quiet. 

“I’m just here in Woods Hole, watching the boats, construction,” he said. “And then watching a lot of TV on my computer." 

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Each year on the first night of Passover, nearly 30 family members gather in Susan Wasser’s Hyannis home. 

 

“My favorite part—most people will say it’s the food—but I think it’s the singing, especially… after a few glasses of wine [it] gets a little fun,” she said. “And I think it’s just being all together, doing the same thing every year.” 

Bob Seay

A local radio DJ in his 70s has died of COVID-19.

 

John Perrone, of Provincetown, succumbed to the virus over the weekend at Cape Cod Hospital, according to WOMR, a local community radio station, based on information from Perrone’s cousin.

 

The Navy-veteran-turned-volunteer-DJ is remembered for his love of Motown and soul music, which he played on WOMR Tuesday nights for the last 20 years. 

Sarah Mizes-Tan / WCAI

As the world around us reels, 57-year-old Susan McLaughlin bakes cookies. 

“Cookies, breads,” she said. “I will experiment because in sober living, even without the pandemic, these girls will eat anything.”

McLaughlin’s been staying in a sober living house in Mashpee for almost two years after alcohol nearly took her life. 

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