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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:  12,742 total positive residents cumulatively to date, 38 new cases during the last two weeks (LOWER). Average daily incidence rate 5.5 per 100,000 (LOWER); positivity rate 4.56% (LOWER).

Barnstable County:  49,946 cases, 186 new cases in the last two weeks; 793 deaths cumulatively.

Massachusetts:  2,031,114 cases cumulatively to date, 3,898 cases in the last two weeks; 22,511 deaths cumulatively, 59 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 steadily deceased during the past eight weeks.  As of Friday March 31st, the average daily incidence rate was at 2.7 new cases per day in the Town of Barnstable (see right side of graph above). 

Local Hospitalizations

Cape Cod Healthcare reported there were a total of sixteen (16) patients being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals on March 30, 2023.  None of the sixteen patients were in intensive care.

National Update

The number of new positive COVID-19 cases decreased in the United States by 9.2% compared to the previous week.  Hospitalizations decreased by 5.3% compared to the previous week.  COVID-19 deaths in the United States have decreased by 29.4% compared to the previous week according to data provided by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as depicted in the chart below.

covid deaths nationwide graph

Global Update

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were nearly 3.6 million new cases and 25,000 deaths reported during last 28 days (February 27th through March 26, 2023), a decrease of 27% and 39% respectively compared to the previous 28 days.  However it should be noted that despite this downward trend, several countries have recently reported significant increases in cases.


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.