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

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 19, 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 haven’t received any reports of any new positive cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Barnstable since June 11th (during the past eight days).

Throughout the United States, 2,191,200 persons contracted COVID-19. A total of 118,435 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 106,422 Massachusetts residents have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,502 residents of Barnstable County have tested positive for COVID-19. 135 persons have died in Barnstable County from the virus to date.

Friday June 19, 2020

A total of 797,776 persons were tested in Massachusetts for the virus. Only 13.3% of them were found to be positive. Cape Cod Healthcare has issued guidance regarding testing at this link:

Public Health Division staff continue to work full-time conducting inspections at new or expanded outside dining areas at food establishments, pre-operational inspections at outdoor semi-public swimming pools, seasonal restaurants, hotels, mobile food units and answering questions providing the most- up-to- date guidance for the safe re-opening of businesses (i.e. recreational camps, retail stores). During this past two weeks, we have been receiving and reviewing multiple applications for outdoor dining at food establishments during the current Phase II. 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.

Our Public Health Nurse continues to contact those who were previously infected to ensure they are appropriately isolated for fourteen days minimum 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 Town of Barnstable Public Health Division at 508 862 4644.
Respectfully Submitted,
Thomas A. McKean, RS, CHO