A total of 373 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 23, 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.
A total of 1,517 residents of Barnstable County have tested positive for COVID-19. 138 residents of Barnstable County died from the virus to date. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported a total of 107,210 Massachusetts residents have tested positive for COVID-19; 7,874 Massachusetts residents died from the virus. In the United States, 2,312,302 persons contracted COVID-19. A total of 120,402 persons in the United States have died from the virus according to data received from the John Hopkins University website this morning.
A total of 839,914 persons were tested in Massachusetts for the virus. Only 12.8% 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/
Health Division staff continue to work full-time conducting inspections at new or expanded outside dining areas at food establishments, at outdoor semi-public swimming pools, seasonal restaurants, hotels,
recreational camps, and mobile food units. 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 daily planning ahead to ensure that we are taking proactive measures to assist businesses with re-openings expeditiously and safely and to ensure we respond to complaints appropriately.
We urge everyone to continue to take basic precautions which include:
Our Public Health Nurse continues to contact those who become infected to ensure they are appropriately isolated for fourteen days minimum and to contact individuals who have come into contact with them to take the required quarantine precautions.
Wear face covering while out in public where social distancing is not possible
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. If you should have any questions, call the Town of Barnstable
Thomas A. McKean, RS, CHO
Director of Public Health