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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:  12,768 total positive residents cumulatively to date, 37 new cases during the last two weeks (LOWER). Average daily incidence rate 5.4 per 100,000 (LOWER); positivity rate 4.6% .

Barnstable County:  50,052 cases, 194 new cases in the last two weeks; 799 deaths cumulatively.

Massachusetts:  2,032,959 cases cumulatively to date, 3,656 cases in the last two weeks; 22,545 deaths cumulatively, 34 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 two months.  As of Friday April 7th, the average daily incidence rate decreased to 2.6 new cases per day in the Town of Barnstable (see right side of graph below).

Local Hospitalizations

Cape Cod Healthcare reported there were a total of seventeen (17) patients being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals on April 4, 2023.  None of the patients were in intensive care.

National Update

In the United States overall, the number of new positive COVID-19 cases decreased by 11.72% compared to the previous week.  Hospitalizations decreased by 19.5% compared to the previous week.  However, COVID-19 deaths in the United States have increased by 15.3% 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.

Global Update

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were nearly 3.3 million new cases and 23,000 deaths reported during last 28 days (March 6th through April 2nd, 2023), a decrease of 28% and 30% respectively compared to the previous 28 days.  Despite this overall downward trend, it is important to note that 74 (31%) countries have reported increases in new cases of 20% or greater during the last 28 days compared to the previous 28-day period.

Prevention Steps

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

  • Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Maintain ventilation improvements.
  • 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).
  • If you are at high risk of getting very sick, talk with a healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas McKean, RS, CHO,, Director of Public Health