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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:  12,803 total positive residents cumulatively to date, 44 new cases during the last two weeks (LOWER). Average daily incidence rate 6.4 per 100,000 (LOWER); positivity rate 6.6% 9 (HIGHER).

Barnstable County:  50,221 cases, 182 new cases in the last two weeks; 800 deaths cumulatively.

Massachusetts:  2,035,770 cases cumulatively to date, 32 cases in the last two weeks; 22,557 deaths cumulatively, 13 new confirmed deaths in the past seven days.  The average age of death during the past week was 81 years old.

Local Average Daily Incidence Rate

As of Friday April 21st, the fourteen day average daily incidence rate of  Town of Barnstable residents was low, at 3.1 new cases per day (see right side of graph above).

Local Hospitalizations

Cape Cod Healthcare reported there were a total of thirteen (13) patients being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod Hospital (with no COVID-19 patients at Falmouth Hospital) on April 19, 2023.  One (1) of the thirteen patients was in intensive care.

National Update

In the United States overall, the number of new positive COVID-19 cases decreased by 7.3% compared to the previous week.  Hospitalizations decreased by 8.2% compared to the previous week.   COVID-19 deaths in the United States decreased by 13% 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.

National Covid graph showing deaths

Global Update

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were nearly 2.8 million new cases and 18,000 deaths reported during last 28 days (March 20th through April 16th, 2023), a decrease of 27% and 32% respectively compared to the previous 28 days.  Contrary to this overall downward trend, significant increases were seen in some countries and WHO regions.

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