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Community Level Designation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies Barnstable County as being at a low.   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.

Reported Case Counts and Deaths

Town of Barnstable:  12,678 total positive residents cumulatively to date, 52 new cases during the last two weeks (LOWER). Average daily incidence rate 7.6 per 100,000 (LOWER); positivity rate 5.9% (LOWER).

Barnstable County:  49,617 cases, 217 new cases in the last two weeks; 785 deaths cumulatively, 6 deaths during the last week.

Massachusetts:  2,024,403 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, 5,654 cases in the last two weeks; 22,365 deaths cumulatively, 61 new confirmed deaths in the past seven days.    The average age of death during the past week was 78 years old.

United States:  According to John Hopkins University, there have been a total of 103,802,726 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively in the United States, 1,123,836 nationwide deaths cumulatively as of March 10, 2023

Local Average Daily Incidence Rate

The fourteen day average daily incidence rate of Town of Barnstable residents is currently at 3.7 new cases per day.  This rate decreased by 22.9% compared to seven days ago.

Local Hospitalizations

There were a total of sixteen (16) patients being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals on March 9, 2023.  One of the sixteen patients was in intensive care.

National Update

Deaths and hospitalizations in the United States decreased by 17.8% and 21.90%, respectively, compared to the previous week according to data provided by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  Also, the number of new positive cases decreased by 24.8% compared to the previous week.

Blue chart showing the national Covid deaths to date in the US

Global Update

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were nearly 5.5 million new cases and 32,000 deaths were reported during last 28 days (February 6th through March 5, 2023), a decrease of 58% and 65% respectively compared to the previous 28 days.   

Prevention Steps

The following prevention steps are recommended by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at all community levels:

  • Get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Maintain ventilation improvements.
  • 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).
  • Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas McKean, RS, CHO,

Director of Public Health