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 9.35 new cases per day.
Town of Barnstable: 11,984 total cases (positive residents) cumulatively to date, 131 new cases during the last two weeks.
Barnstable County: 46, 796 cases cumulatively to date resulting in 710 deaths of Barnstable County residents, 17 deaths in the past two weeks.
Massachusetts: 1,959,694 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, resulting in 21,053 confirmed deaths,
United States: According to John Hopkins University, there have been a total of 99,826,801 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively in the United States resulting in 1,087,014 deaths nationwide as of today, December 16th.
Barnstable County Hospitalizations: The number of hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients has increased. Cape Cod Healthcare reported to us that, yesterday, on December 15th, there were a total of twenty-four (24) patients who were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals. Two (2) of the twenty-four patients were in an intensive care unit (ICU) on that date.
Massachusetts Hospitalizations: According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, on December 13th, there were a total of 255 patients primarily hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. In total, there were 856 patients hospitalized with COVID -19. Of those 856 patients, 526 patients (61%) 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 remain stable or will have an uncertain trend with 2,100 to 12,200 new confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions likely to be reported on January 6 2023.
Barnstable County Deaths: There were seventeen (17) deaths of Barnstable County residents during the past two weeks.
Massachusetts Deaths: There were eighty-one (81) 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 the weekly trends in the number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
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 1,400 to 5,400 new deaths likely reported in the week ending January 7, 2023. The national ensemble predicts that a total of 1,091,000 to 1,105,000 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