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Incidence Rate in the Town of Barnstable

The average daily COVID-19 incidence rate of Town of Barnstable residents, calculated from case reports received during the past fourteen days, increased slightly to an average of 9.4 new cases per day (see right side of graph above).

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

Town of Barnstable:  11,165 total cases (positive residents) cumulatively to date, 131 cases during the last two weeks.

Barnstable County:  43,309 cases cumulatively to date resulting in 653 deaths of Barnstable County residents.  This includes nine (9) deaths of Barnstable County residents during the past week.

Massachusetts:  1,852,576 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, resulting in 21,536 deaths.

United States:  According to John Hopkins University, there have been a total of 95,118,524 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively in the United States resulting in 1,049,749 deaths nationwide as of September 2nd.

Hospitalizations in Barnstable County

Cape Cod Healthcare reported to us yesterday, September 8th, that there were a total of twenty-six (26) patients who were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals yesterday.  Two (2) of the twenty-six patients were in intensive care.

Hospitalizations in Massachusetts

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, on September 6th there were a total of 166 patients primarily hospitalized for COVID-19 in Massachusetts.  In total, there were 573 patients hospitalized with COVID -19.  Of those 573 patients, 347 patients (61%) were reported to be fully vaccinated when they contracted COVID-19.

Deaths of Massachusetts Residents During the Past Week

There were fifty-seven (57) new, confirmed deaths of Massachusetts residents during the past seven days.  The average age of death was 79 years old.

Vaccination and Booster Status/ Barnstable County Residents

Seventy-nine (79) percent of the Barnstable County residents are fully vaccinated.  Sixty-three (63%) of Barnstable County residents received booster doses after being fully vaccinated, compared to 59% of the Massachusetts population and  compared to 49% of the national population.

COVID-19 Community Level Designation/ Recommendations:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now classifies Barnstable County as being at a low COVID-19 community level.   Community levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital admissions and the total number of COVID-19 cases in an area.

The following prevention steps are recommended by the CDC:

People may choose to wear a mask at any time.   Currently, in Massachusetts masks continue to be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at all times in the following locations, subject to the exemptions listed:

  1. On transportation provided by the Commonwealth’s Human Service Transportation (HST) Brokerage.
  2. Healthcare facilities licensed or operated by the Commonwealth and healthcare practice locations of any provider licensed by a professional board which sits within the Department of Public Health or the Division of Professional Licensure. These settings include nursing homes, rest homes, emergency medical services, hospitals, physician and other medical and dental offices, urgent care settings, community health centers, vaccination sites, and behavioral health clinics. This requirement applies to patients, residents, staff, vendors and visitors.  Effective July 1, 2022, masks became optional for residents in nursing homes and rest homes.
  3. Certain Health Care and Day Services and Programs operated, licensed, certified, regulated, or funded by the Commonwealth including the Executive Office of Health and Human Services or one of its agencies.   These settings include adult day health, day habilitation.
  4. Home health care workers, including Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and Home Health Aides in community and home-based settings where they are providing patient-facing care; provided, however, the requirement shall only apply to the worker providing care.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas McKean, RS, CHO,

Director of Public Health