Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information
A total of 372 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 June 10, 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. We are currently seeing less than two new positive COVID-19 cases per day in the Town of Barnstable.
Throughout the United States, 1,979,893 persons contracted COVID-19. A total of 112,006 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 103,889 Massachusetts residents have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,462 residents of Barnstable County have tested positive for COVID-19. 123 persons have died in Barnstable County from the virus to date.
Wednesday June 10, 2020
A total of 710,202 persons were tested in Massachusetts for the virus. 14.6% 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-testing- process/
Public Health Division staff continue to work full-time conducting inspections, responding to complaints, and providing the most- up-to-date guidance for business re-openings. During this past week, we have been receiving and reviewing multiple applications for outdoor dining at food establishments during the current Phase II re-opening. A full list of the types of businesses which may re-open is provided at this link: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-when-can-my-business-reopen.
Town officials continue to meet and coordinate regularly to ensure that the Town is taking appropriate measures to re-open operations safely and to assist business with their re-openings expeditiously.
We urge everyone to continue 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.
Director of Public Health
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