Friday February 19, 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information
For the fifth consecutive week, the Town of Barnstable continues to experience a decline in the average daily incidence rate of Coronavirus. During the past fourteen days, 199 new probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported, which is an average of 14.2 new positive cases per day as illustrated in the graph below.
Since March 19, 2020, a total of 2,846 residents of the Town have tested positive for COVID-19. In Barnstable County, there have been a total of 9,697 positive cases (cumulatively) and 386 deaths from Coronavirus this year. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported there have been a total of 534,827 positive cases and 15,208 deaths from COVID-19 in the State of Massachusetts this year. In the United States, 27,896,703 persons contracted the virus and a total of 493,119 persons in the United States have died from the virus this year according to data received from the John Hopkins University website.Hospitalizations of patients infected with this virus have decreased during the past few weeks in Barnstable County. As of yesterday , Cape Cod Healthcare reported twenty-eight (28) positive patients who were being treated in their two hospitals (Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital), including seven (7) patients in intensive care units.
As of February 18thth, Governor Baker announced individuals age 65 or older, individuals with two or more specific medical conditions (see list of medical conditions at this website: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine.), and residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable housing are eligible to receive the vaccine. Barnstable County registration and vaccination information is available at: https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/ Massachusetts provides a Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line with over 500 staffers available for multilingual live phone support. You may call 2-1-1 to access this hotline. This call center is a key option for older residents who do not have internet or can’t use the website.
Key officials of the Town continue to meet daily to plan and implement proper actions which are in step with the Governor’s orders and MA DPH guidelines. 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 respond to complaints, review applications and issue disposal works construction permits, review building permit applications, witness percolation tests, respond to complaints regarding hazardous wastes, retail stores, food establishments, semi-public swimming pools, hotels, recreational camps, tanning facilities, mobile food units, rental units, and horse stables.
During these times of increasing numbers of positive case counts and patient hospitalizations, we strongly urge everyone to follow the State guidelines and to take these basic precautions which include:
- Stay at home from work, school, sports and other activities when ill.
- 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 to isolate or quarantine when contacted and required by the Board of Health.
Our Public Health Nurse and team of contract nurses continue to contact those who become infected to ensure they are appropriately isolated 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.
Thomas A. McKean, RS, CHO
Director of Public Health