covid-19 | CAI


Eve Zuckoff

Teachers across the Cape and Islands say they want to get back into the classroom, but not yet. 


At 11 demonstrations across the region on Wednesday, scores of teachers called for "healthy and safe working and learning conditions in public schools." Remote learning, they said, is the only way to protect students, teachers, and families against the spread of COVID-19. 

Cape Cod Community College

Cape Cod Community College typically has about 3,000 students during the fall semester on its three campuses: The main site in West Barnstable, a satellite in Hyannis, and aviation hangars in Plymouth.

School districts in Massachusetts must finalize their comprehensive plans for the start of the school year by August 14th. Schools will choose from the following: an entirely in-school experience, an entirely remote approach, or a hybrid of the two.

Liz Lerner

Newly available data show that Black people on Cape Cod have contracted COVID-19 at a rate three times that of the white population.

Vaira Harik of the Barnstable County Department of Human Services said the disproportional effect on Black residents is concerning — and reflects broader disparities in five social determinants of health: economic stability, education, access to health care, a person’s residential environment, and the community context.

The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force

In an effort to boost COVID-19 safety on Cape Cod for the summer, the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force plans to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in partnership with medical facilities and Barnstable County.

State Senator Julian Cyr said that about 7 percent of year-round residents have been tested, a number that lags behind other regions of the state.

“In order to get to this ambitious goal of 20 percent, we're going to need a minimum of five thousand test kits,” he said.

Liz Lerner

We look at the latest on COVID-19 on the Cape, Coast, and Islands, and the effect the pandemic is having on our region.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talks to local reporters and editors about the issue.  Her guests include: WCAI’s Sam Houghton, Eve Zuckoff, and Jennette Barnes; Tim Wood at the Cape Cod Chronicle; Noah Asimow from the Vineyard Gazette; Geoff Spillane from the Cape Cod Times; Ed Miller from the Provincetown Banner; Josh Balling at the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; George Brennan at the Martha’s Vineyard Times; and WCAI’s Mike Deehan at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

Artists and arts organizations, like so many others, have been scrambling to find ways to continue their work without the benefit of in-person interactions during this pandemic.


How and where we get local information about COVID-19 cases is becoming part of the story of how this pandemic unfolds. Morning Edition host Kathryn Eident talked with WCAI reporter Jennette Barnes about gathering accurate news as the picture changes rapidly.