Wealthy urbanites flocking to their summer homes on Nantucket to sit out the pandemic


Not necessarily Nantucket; but, you get the idea

Wealthy East Coast urbanites are flocking to their second homes in Nantucket, a tiny island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, to wait out the coronavirus pandemic…Locals have noticed the influx in the form of a line of private jets at the airport, and BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes from New York and Connecticut…

Located off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a popular summer vacation spot known for its picturesque dune-swept beaches, high-end shopping, and seafood restaurants. It’s home to about 11,300 full-time residents…a number that swells to as many as 46,000 in the summer. The median home value on the island is more than $1.6 million.

But affluent city-dwellers fleeing to the summer destination may want to reconsider that decision.

Nantucket, which had two confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Tuesday, is a “medical desert,” with only 14 hospital beds, three ventilators, zero intensive care units, and a shortage of doctors, (says) Gary Shaw, the CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital…

The island typically brings in more doctors in the summertime to account for the vacation crowds, but that likely won’t happen now because hospitals across the country are in need of doctors, Shaw said.

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Might not be allowed to leave once you get there, either.