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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas McKean, RS, CHO,
Director of Public Health