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The fourteen day average daily incidence  rate continues to increase in the Town of Barnstable to an average of 20.6 new cases per day (adjusted population equivalent to 45.9 per 100,000).

Coronavirus in the U.S./  Trends and Key Points

  • This week, the U.S. reached one million total Coronavirus deaths.  This milestone comes amid declining daily rates of new deaths nationwide.  Fewer than 350 fatalities are currently announced each day, a decrease of 17 percent in the past two weeks.
  • The United States is currently averaging more than 100,000 known cases per day for the first time since February.   Cases are rising in nearly every state, and since many cases go uncounted in official reports, the true toll is likely even higher than these figures suggest. 
  • Hospitalizations, meanwhile, are increasing in all but five states and territories.  Though the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized nationwide remains far below peak levels, it has increased by 29 percent in recent weeks, to an average of more than 23,000 per day.

Local, County, State, and Nationwide Cumulative Case and Cumulative Death Counts

A cumulative total of 9,954 Town of Barnstable residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to date.  In Barnstable County, there have been a total of 38,085 confirmed cases and a total of 586 deaths cumulatively.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported there have been a total of 1,682,066 positive cases in the State of Massachusetts and 19,315 deaths from COVID-19 cumulatively to date in the State.  In the United States overall, according to the John Hopkins University, there have been 83,060,981 positive Covid-19 patients cumulatively to date, resulting in 1,001,606 total deaths nationwide.

Hospitalizations in Barnstable County

Cape Cod Healthcare reported yesterday, on May 19th that there were a total of twenty-four (24) patients who were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals.   One (1) patient was in intensive care at Cape Cod Hospital.  

Hospitalizations in Massachusetts 

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, on May 18th, 2022, there were at total of 866 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Massachusetts.  Of those 866 patients, 567 patients (65%) were reported to be fully vaccinated when they contracted COVID-19.  

Deaths of Massachusetts Residents During the Past Week

There were fourteen (14)  new, confirmed deaths of Massachusetts residents during the past week.  The average age of death was 79 years old.  

Booster Status of Fully- Vaccinated Barnstable County Residents

Sixty-one (61%) of Barnstable County residents received booster doses after being fully vaccinated, compared to 56% of the Massachusetts population and  compared to 46% of the national population..

High Risk Level Classification/ Recommendations 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to classify Barnstable County as being at a high community risk level.  The following prevention steps are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas McKean, RS, CHO, 

Director of Public Health