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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 10.3 new cases per day. 

Case Counts

Town of Barnstable:  12,064 total cases (positive residents) cumulatively to date, 144 new cases during the last two weeks. 

Barnstable County:  47, 159 cases cumulatively to date resulting in 717 deaths of Barnstable County residents, 17 deaths in the past two weeks. 

Massachusetts:  1,959,910 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, resulting in 21,149 confirmed deaths, 183 deaths in the past two weeks. The average age of death was 80 years old.

United States:  According to John Hopkins University, there have been a total of 100,303,976 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively in the United States resulting in 1,090,014 deaths nationwide as of today, December 23rd.


Barnstable County Hospitalizations:  Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients has increased in Barnstable County by 22% compared to last week.  Cape Cod Healthcare reported to us that, yesterday, on December 22nd, there were a total of thirty-one (31) patients who were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals.  Three (3) of the thirty-one patients were in an intensive care unit (ICU) on that date. 

Massachusetts Hospitalizations:  According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, on December 20th, there were a total of 285 patients primarily hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.  In total, there were 908 patients hospitalized with COVID -19.  Of those 908 patients, 596 patients (63%) were reported to be fully vaccinated when they contracted COVID-19.  There were 101 patients in intensive care (ICU) and 38 patients were intubated. 

Hospital Admission Predictions Nationwide:  This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of new daily confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions will likely increase with 2,900 to 12,400 new confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions likely to be reported on January 13, 2023.

Deaths – National Trends, Predictions

Weekly Trends

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

Chart showing the deaths from covid  in the US 

Predictions:  This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths will likely increase nationwide over the next four weeks, with 1,600 to 6,500 new deaths likely reported in the week ending January 14, 2023.  The national ensemble predicts that a total of 1,096,000 to 1,104,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date.  

Vaccination Status of 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 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.  The community level is determined by a combination of: 

  • how many people with COVID-19 have been admitted into local hospitals in the last week,  
  • how many hospital beds are full with COVID-19 patients, and 
  • how many new cases the County has had in the last week. 

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