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Community Level Designation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to classify 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:  12,699 total positive residents cumulatively to date, 47 new cases during the last two weeks (LOWER). Average daily incidence rate 6.9 per 100,000 (LOWER); positivity rate 5.9% (SAME).

Barnstable County:  49,752 cases, 227 new cases in the last two weeks; 787 deaths cumulatively.

Massachusetts:  2,027,015 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, 4,882 cases in the last two weeks; 22,414 deaths cumulatively, 49 new confirmed deaths in the past seven days.    The average age of death during the past week was 80 years old.

Local Average Daily Incidence Rate

The fourteen day average daily incidence rate of Town of Barnstable residents has deceased during the past six weeks.  As of Friday March 17th, the average daily incidence rate was at 3.4 new cases per day.

Local Hospitalizations

There were a total of fifteen (15) patients being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals on March 16, 2023.  One of the fifteen patients was in intensive care.

National Update

Deaths and hospitalizations in the United States decreased by 18.7% and 20.1%, 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 19.7% 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 4.1 million new cases and 28,000 deaths were reported during last 28 days (February 13th through March 12, 2023), a decrease of 40% and 57% 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