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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information

A total of 361 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 31, 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.

Throughout the United States, 1,790,191 persons contracted COVID-19. A total of 104,383 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 96,965 Massachusetts residents have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,312 residents of Barnstable County have tested positive for COVID-19. 116 persons have died in Barnstable County from the virus to date.

Somenon-essentialbusinessesarenowallowedtore-open(duringPhase1). Informationregardingthe State of Massachusetts four phase re-opening plan is provided below:

– Reopening Massachusetts

A total of 1,790,191 persons were tested in Massachusetts for the virus. 16.4% of them were found to be positive. CapeCodHealthcarehasissuedguidanceregardingtestingatthislink: https://www.capecodhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-

process/

Date 21-Mar 24-Mar 27-Mar 30-Mar 2-Apr 5-Apr 8-Apr 12-Apr 15-Apr 18-Apr 21-Apr 25-Apr 28-Apr 1-May 4-May 7-May 10-May 13-May 16-May 19-May 22-May 25-May 28-May 31-May

– Reopening Massachusetts Report
– Four-Phase Approach
– Readiness and Capabilities Dashboard – When Can My Business Reopen
– Reopening Plan Template
– Compliance Attestation Poster
– Employer Poster
– Worker Poster

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 link to Governor Baker’s Order 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.

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, RS, CHO

Director of Public Health