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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, decreased  to an average of 6.1 new cases per day (see right side of graph above).

Case Counts

Town of Barnstable:  11,859 total cases (positive residents) cumulatively to date, 85 new cases during the last two weeks. 

Barnstable County:  46, 309 cases cumulatively to date resulting in 684 deaths of Barnstable County residents.   

Massachusetts:  1,934,804 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, resulting in 20,896 confirmed deaths,

United States:  According to John Hopkins University, there have been a total of 98,923,209 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively in the United States resulting in 1,081,147 deaths nationwide as of December 2nd.


Barnstable County Hospitalizations:  The number of hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients has increased.  Cape Cod Healthcare reported to us that on December 1st there were a total of twenty-two (22) patients who were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals.  One of the twenty-two patients was in an intensive care unit (ICU) on that date. 

Massachusetts Hospitalizations:  According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, on November 29th, there were a total of 215 patients primarily hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.  In total, there were 650 patients hospitalized with COVID -19.  Of those 650 patients, 422 patients (65%) were reported to be fully vaccinated when they contracted COVID-19.  There were 64 patients in intensive care units (ICU’s) and 18 patients were intubated. 

National Hospitalizations’ Predictions:  This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of new daily confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions will likely increase with 1,600 to 11,000 new confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions will likely be reported on December 23, 2022.


Barnstable County Deaths:  There were nine (9) deaths of Barnstable County residents during the past two weeks.  

Massachusetts Deaths:  There were sixty-three (63) new, confirmed deaths of Massachusetts residents during the past seven days.  The average age of death was 81 years old.

National Deaths’ Predictions: This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths will remain stable or have an uncertain trend over the next 4 weeks, with 1,100 to 4,500 new deaths likely reported in the week ending December 24, 2022. The national ensemble predicts that a total of 1,085,000 to 1,092,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date.  

Below is a graph illustrating weekly trends in the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States.

Graph of national covid deaths 

Vaccination and Booster Status/ Barnstable County Residents

Eighty percent (80%) of the Barnstable County residents are fully vaccinated.  Sixty-five percent (65%) of Barnstable County residents received booster doses after being fully vaccinated, compared to 61% of the Massachusetts population. 

Barnstable County COVID-19 Community Level Designation & Prevention Steps

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to classify Barnstable County as being at a medium 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:

  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions. 
  • Get tested if you have symptoms;
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

Respectfully submitted, 

Thomas McKean, RS, CHO, 

Director of Public Health