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Fourteen Day Average Incidence Rate in the Town of Barnstable
During the past fourteen days, the average daily incidence rate continued to decrease in the Town of Barnstable as demonstrated in the graph below (see right side of graph). The Town of Barnstable Health Division received 688 reports of positive COVID-19 Town of Barnstable residents’ cases during the past two weeks. This calculates to a reduced average daily incidence rate of 49.1 new cases per day (which is equivalent to 109.8 per 100,000 population).

Local, County, State, and National Cumulative Case and Death Counts
A cumulative total of 8,853 Town of Barnstable residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to date. In Barnstable County, there have been a total of 32,206 confirmed cases and a total of 632 deaths cumulatively; this includes twenty-four (24) additional deaths in Barnstable County during the past seven days. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported there have been a total of 1,498,053 positive cases in the State of Massachusetts and 21,693 deaths from COVID-19 cumulatively to date in the State. In the United States overall, according to the John Hopkins University, there have been 75,994,966 positive Covid-19 patients to date, resulting in 897,377 total deaths nationwide as of February 4th.

Cape Cod Hospitalizations
On February 3rd at 3:00 p.m., Cape Cod Healthcare reported thirty-eight (38) patients were being treated for COVID-19 at their two hospitals, Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital. Four (4) of the 38 patients were in intensive care.

MA Hospitalizations/ Number of Patients Fully Vaccinated When Contracting COVID-19
According to today’s Massachusetts Department of Public Health report, on February 2nd, there were 1,661 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Of those 1,661 patients, 812 patients (or 49%) were reported to be fully vaccinated for COVID -19 when they contracted COVID-19.

Number of Deaths in Massachusetts & Average Age of Death During the Past Week
Today’s Massachusetts Department of Public Health report indicated that there were 59 new, confirmed deaths of Massachusetts residents during the past week. The average age of death was 77 years old.

Vaccinations of Barnstable County Residents
Our vaccination percentage rate continues to be one of the highest compared to other Massachusetts counties. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported this week that ninety-five percent (95%) 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-three (83%) of our age- eligible (ages 5 and older) residents are fully vaccinated.

Booster Vaccinations of Barnstable County Residents and Massachusetts Residents
57% of the fully vaccinated Barnstable County residents recently received a booster dose. This reflects one of the highest booster vaccination percentage rates compared to other counties within Massachusetts (excluding the islands). In Massachusetts overall, 52% of those fully vaccinated have received a booster dose, compared to 42% of the national population.

Town of Barnstable- Continued Response
Key officials of the Town continue to meet twice weekly and more often as needed to share information relative to case numbers, hospitalizations, death rates, scientific changes associated with the virus, information regarding new variants, CDC and State guidance and directives.

Our Public Health Nurse and hourly contract nurses continue to follow the MA Department of Public Health guidelines in regards to prioritizing case work which includes contacting those who become infected to ensure they are appropriately isolating at home, providing information to daycare center owners regarding proper protocols whenever there are positive cases (children and parents), advising medical directors at congregate care settings, and ensuring schools are notified of positive students. The Health Division staff continues to meet regularly to plan and implement computerization of our records and permits, strategize to continuously improve qualitative annual and bi-annual inspections at food establishments, hotels, swimming pools, rental homes/apartments, temporary food events, hazardous materials, etc. and to ensure we are providing quick and appropriate onsite responses to health related complaints. Health Division staff also continue to keep current with up-to-date preventable measures, actions, and services in line with COVID-19 guidance information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Health Division continues to suggest residents should 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 getting 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