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

Thursday November 12, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information

A total of 670 residents of the Town of Barnstable have tested positive for COVID-19 cumulatively to date.  New confirmed and probable cases maintain the trend of marked increases which began three weeks ago.  Ninety-five (95) positive cases were reported during the past fourteen days in Barnstable, which calculates to an average of 6.7 cases per day (or 15.3 per 100,000 population).  The epidemiological graph below provides the number of positive cases reported per day in the Town of Barnstable during the time period from March 19, 2020 to November 11, 2020.  The green line depicted on this graph is an attempt to show the reader where we have been and where are presently in regards to the “curves,” providing the average number of cases reported per day along a time-line.

Covid Case graph

Cape Cod Healthcare reports one positive case on Cape Cod in the hospital this morning at Cape Cod Hospital (CCH).  There are no (zero) Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit. 

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Baker announced an update to how town level risks are calculated, generally resulting in far fewer towns and cities coded as “red” than the weeks prior.   The State will no longer be publishing color-coded Covid-19 Community Level Maps.   Weekly Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports will continue to be published however.  Here is the link to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Covid-19 response reporting and weekly updates:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-weekly-public-health-report-.  

Based on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period and the percentage of positive test results , each city or town in Massachusetts continues to be designated as a higher risk (red), moderate risk (yellow), or lower risk (green) community.  The latest weekly report dated November 5, is available at:  https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-november-5-2020/download.  This report currently identifies the Town of Barnstable as a lower risk (green) community. 

No additional fatalities have been reported on Cape Cod from Covid-19 since November 4, 2020.  A total of 186 deaths occurred in Barnstable County due to the virus since March 2020.  There have been 2,202 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively to date in Barnstable County.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported a total of 172,471 positive cases to date.   9,944 Massachusetts residents died from the virus.  In the United States, 10,402,272 persons contracted the COVID-19 virus.  A total of 241,808 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 6,906,649 persons were tested in Massachusetts for the virus.  Only 2.5% of those tested were found to be positive state-wide.  This is the lowest reported percentage of positive tests since March (compare this to 22.7% reported on April 16, 2020).  Cape Cod Healthcare has issued testing guidance at this link: https://www.capecodhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-process/

Health Division staff continue to meet and coordinate daily to ensure we are providing the most up-to-date information to citizens and business owners relative to latest Massachusetts requirements and recommendations.  Health inspectors continue to review applications and issue disposal works construction permits, review building permit applications, witness percolation tests, respond to complaints regarding retail stores, food establishments, semi-public swimming pools, hotels, recreational camps, tanning facilities, mobile food units, rental units, and horse stables.   Each complaint is investigated and appropriate action is taken within 24 hours.

Last week, due to the increased number of new cases and hospitalizations statewide, Governor Baker announced re-opening guidance limiting the hours of operation of restaurants, package stores, fitness centers, health clubs, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, movie theatres, arcades, and other businesses to 9:30 p.m. (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency#limits-on-gatherings-), so as to allow employees and patrons to comply with this advisory (https://www.mass.gov/news/stay-at-home-advisory) which asks all citizens to stay home between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.  

We continue to urge everyone to continue to take basic precautions which include:

  • Wear a face covering while out in public where social distancing is not possible per the Governor’s order; 
  • 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, school, sports and other activities when ill.  Also stay home to isolate or quarantine when contacted and required by the Board of Health.

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.  

If you should have any questions, call us at the Town of Barnstable Health Division Office at 508 862 4644.

Respectfully Submitted, 

Thomas A. McKean, RS, CHO

Director of Public Health