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Case Counts; Deaths

Town of Barnstable:  12,224 total cases (positive residents) cumulatively to date, 161 new cases during the last two weeks.

Barnstable County:  47,821 cases, 653 cases in the last two weeks; 731 deaths cumulatively, 11 deaths in the last 2 weeks

Massachusetts:  1,978,312 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, 18,781 cases in the last two weeks; 21,291 confirmed deaths, 235 deaths in the last two weeks.  The average age of death during the past two weeks was 81 years old.

United States:  According to John Hopkins University, there have been a total of 101,172,593 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively in the United States resulting in 1,096,147 deaths nationwide as of January 6, 2023.

Average Daily 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 11.5 new cases per day.

Hospitalizations

Barnstable County Hospitalizations:  There were a total of thirty-eight (38) patients who were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals on January 5, 2023.  Three (3) of the thirty-eight patients were in an intensive care unit (ICU) on that date.

Massachusetts Hospitalizations:  According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, on January 3rd, there were a total of 437 patients primarily hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.  In total, there were 1,336 patients hospitalized with COVID -19.  127 patients were in intensive care units and 44 patients were intubated.  Of those 1,336 patients, 890 patients (67%) were reported to be fully vaccinated when they contracted COVID-19.

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 62% of the Massachusetts population.

Barnstable County High COVID-19 Community Level Designation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  classified Barnstable County as being at a high ○ 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.

Prevention Steps

The following prevention steps are recommended by the CDC:

  • If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick, consider self-testing to detect infection before contact, and consider wearing a high-quality mask when indoors with them
  • Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (stay at home for five days, do not travel, wear a mask, etc).
  • Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed   to someone with COVID-19 (i.e. wear a mask, get tested if you develop symptoms).
  • Wear a high-quality mask or respirator.
  • If you are at high risk of getting very sick, consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas McKean, RS, CHO, Director of Public Health