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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 to an average of 7.5 new cases per day. 

Case Counts

Town of Barnstable:  11,917 total cases (positive residents) cumulatively to date, 105 new cases during the last two weeks. 

Barnstable County:  46, 564 cases cumulatively to date resulting in 698 deaths of Barnstable County residents, 12 deaths in the past two weeks. 

Massachusetts:  1,942,203 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, resulting in 20,972 confirmed deaths,

United States:  According to John Hopkins University, there have been a total of 99,365,270 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively in the United States resulting in 1,084,236 deaths nationwide as of today, December 9th.

Hospitalizations 

Barnstable County Hospitalizations:  The number of hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients has increased.  Cape Cod Healthcare reported to us that on December 8th (yesterday) there were a total of twenty-two (22) patients who were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals.  Three (3) 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 December 6th, there were a total of 239 patients primarily hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.  In total, there were 766 patients hospitalized with COVID -19.  Of those 766 patients, 492 patients (64%) were reported to be fully vaccinated when they contracted COVID-19.  

National Hospitalization Predictions:  This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of new daily confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions will likely increase with 3,100 to 14,300 new confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions likely to be reported on December 30, 2022.

Deaths

Barnstable County Deaths:  There were twelve (12) deaths of Barnstable County residents during the past two weeks.  

Massachusetts Deaths:  There were seventy-six (76) new, confirmed deaths of Massachusetts residents during the past seven days.  The average age of death was 80 years old.

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

Graph of national covid deaths

National Death 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 4,900 new deaths likely reported in the week ending December 31, 2022. The national ensemble predicts that a total of 1,089,000 to 1,097,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date.  

Vaccination and Booster Status/ Barnstable County Residents

Eighty-one percent (81%) of the Barnstable County residents are fully vaccinated.  Sixty-five percent (65%) of Barnstable County residents received at least one booster dose after being fully vaccinated, compared to 61% of the Massachusetts population. 

Barnstable County Medium 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