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Fourteen Day Average Incidence Rate in the Town of Barnstable
The average daily incidence rate continues to increase in the Town of Barnstable as demonstrated in the graph above (see right side of graph). During the past fourteen days, the Health Division received 688 reports of positive COVID-19 Town of Barnstable residents’ cases. This calculates to an average daily incidence rate of 49.1 new cases per day (109.8 per 100,000).

Local, County, State, and National Cumulative Case and Death Counts
A cumulative total of 7,099 Town of Barnstable residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to date. In Barnstable County, there have been a total of 26,492 confirmed cases and a total of 566 deaths cumulatively; this includes seven additional deaths in Barnstable County since last week. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported there have been a total of 1,159,950 positive cases in the State of Massachusetts and 20,051 deaths from COVID-19 cumulatively to date in the State. In the United States overall, according to the John Hopkins University website, there have been 58,487,940 positive Coronavirus patients to date, resulting in 833,989 total deaths nationwide.
Cape Cod Hospitalizations
As of January 5th, Cape Cod Healthcare reported there were fifty-three (53) patients being treated at their two hospitals, Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital, for COVID-19. Seven (7) of the 53 patients were in the intensive care unit.

MA Hospitalizations/ Number of Patients Fully Vaccinated When Contracting COVID-19
According to today’s Massachusetts Department of Public Health report, on January 5th, there were 2,542 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Of those 2,524 patients, 1,019 patients (40.4%) were reported to be fully vaccinated for COVID -19 when they contracted COVID-19.

Number of Deaths in MA/ Average Age of Death in Massachusetts
Today’s Massachusetts Department of Public Health report indicated that there were 43 new, confirmed deaths during the past week. This brings the cumulative total to 20,051 confirmed deaths from this virus in Massachusetts. The average age of death was 73 years old during the past week.

Vaccinations of Barnstable County Residents
Our vaccination percentage rate continues to be one of the highest compared to other counties. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported this week that ninety-three percent (93%) of our Barnstable County residents who were eligible to receive vaccinations (ages 5 and older) have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine Eighty-one (81%) of our age- eligible (ages 5 and older) residents are fully vaccinated.

Booster Vaccinations of Barnstable County Residents/ Statewide and Nationwide Comparisons
49% of the fully vaccinated Barnstable County residents recently received a booster dose. This is the highest percentage compared to all of the other counties within Massachusetts. It also should be noted that in Massachusetts overall (statewide), 43% of those fully vaccinated have received a booster dose, compared to 35% of the national population.

Town of Barnstable – Continued Daily Response
The Town will continue to follow the orders and directives provided by of our Massachusetts Governor and protocols provided by the State Department of Public Health. Key officials of the Town continue to meet twice weekly, and more often as needed, to share information relative to case numbers, hospitalizations, trends and scientific changes associated with the virus, information regarding new variants, CDC and State guidance/directives, and to plan and provide additional preventative measures and services. The Health Division continues to employ contract nurses who continue to work daily, including during holidays and week-ends, to contact those who become infected to ensure they are appropriately isolated and to telephone individuals who have come into close contact with them (i.e. household members, co-workers) to take quarantine precautions. Health Division staff continue to meet twice weekly to plan and implement actionable preventative measures and to ensure we are providing the most up-to-date guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), requirements provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and orders provided by the Massachusetts Governor.

The Health Division continues to urge residents to follow the CDC prevention strategies such as wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, washing your hands frequently, physically distancing from others, and by getting fully vaccinated. We also encourage a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for those who are eligible.

This report is updated on a weekly basis. If you should have any questions, please feel free to 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