Board of Health (508) 862-4644 health@town.barnstable.ma.us

Thursday May 21, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information

A total of 298 residents of the Town of Barnstable have tested positive for COVID-19 to date. The chart below provides the number of positive cases reported per day in the Town of Barnstable during the time period from March 19, 2020 (the date of our first positive case) to May 21, 2020. The green line depicted on this graph is an attempt to show the reader where we are in regards to the “curve” by providing the average number of cases reported per day. With an average of 6 newly reported positive cases each day, we continue to see that we are on a plateau on the curve here in the Town of Barnstable.

Throughout the United States, 1,551,853 persons contracted COVID-19. A total of 93,439 persons in the
United States have died from the virus according to data received from the John Hopkins University
website this morning. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported a total of 88,970
Massachusetts residents have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,197 residents of Barnstable
County have tested positive for COVID-19. 98 persons have died in Barnstable County from the virus to
date.
A total of 489,953 persons were tested in Massachusetts for COVID-19; 18.2% of them were found to be
positive. Cape Cod Healthcare has issued guidance regarding testing at this link:
https://www.capecodhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease/coronavirus/covid-19-testingprocess/

We continue to urge everyone to take basic precautions which include:
 Wear face covering while out in public where social distancing is not possible (see info
below*);
 Frequent hand-washing, for 20 seconds with soap;
 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
 Cough hygiene – into a tissue when possible (throw it away immediately) or into your arm.
 Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands.
 Avoid contact with those who are ill.
 Stay home yourself from work when ill.

* Governor Baker’s Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not
Possible went into effect on Wednesday May 6, 2020. A link to this order is here:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/may-1-2020-masks-and-face-coverings/download
Our Public Health Division nurses continue to contact those who were infected to ensure they are
appropriately isolated and with those who have come into contact with them to take the required
quarantine precautions.
Public Health Division staff continue to work full-time responding to complaints as well as routinely
contacting store managers of essential stores, including pharmacies, grocery stores, auto parts stores,
appliance stores, and coffee shops to provide the most- up-to-date guidance and information promoting
the wearing of face coverings,. social- distancing measures (six feet separations) and ensuring 40%
occupancy capacity limits are enforced where required.
Town officials have been working every day, including during evenings and week-ends to keep residents
safe. In addition, we continue to meet and coordinate regularly with local and regional partners to ensure
that the Town is taking any and all appropriate measures to respond to the virus.
The Town of Barnstable Public Health Division will continue to monitor the progress of the COVID-19
cases in Massachusetts, Barnstable County, and within our Town. We will continue to review and post
the most up-to-date information from dependable sources to keep you informed. Our Town has an
emergency response plan for public health emergencies should we need to implement it in the future. We
recommend visiting the following websites with reliable information: Center for Disease Control and the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health. For the latest on case counts, visit the Centers for Diseases
Control website: CDC website. Reported cases globally in real-time are also listed on the John Hopkins
University site.
A Massachusetts hotline 2-1-1 is operating to provide updated information and answer questions
regarding the Coronavirus. If you should have any questions, you may call the Massachusetts hotline 2-
1-1 or call us at the Town of Barnstable Public Health Division at 508 862 4644.
Respectfully submitted,
Thomas A. McKean, R.S., C