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July 20, 2023
COVID-19 Hospital Admission Level Low
COVID-19 Updates

Hospital Admission Level Designation – Low
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) replaced the COVID-19 community levels with COVID-19 hospital admission levels to guide prevention decisions. Hospital admission 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. Barnstable County is currently classified as being at a low COVID-19 hospital admission level.

Reported Case Counts and Deaths
Town of Barnstable: 12,928 total positive residents cumulatively to date, 19 new cases during the last two weeks. Average daily incidence rate 2.8 per 100,000; positivity rate 4.8%.
Barnstable County: 50,778 cases, 100 new cases in the last two weeks; 801 deaths cumulatively, No (0) deaths during the last two weeks.
Massachusetts: 2,044,537 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, 1,206 cases in the last two weeks; 22,683 deaths cumulatively, eight new confirmed deaths reported during the past seven days. The average age of death during the past week was 83 years old.

Local Average Daily Incidence Rate
The fourteen day average daily incidence rate of Town of Barnstable residents remains low at 1.4 new cases per day.

Local Hospitalizations
There were a total of nine (9) patients being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals on July 15, 2023. One (1) of the nine patients was in intensive care.

National Update
Deaths and hospitalizations in the United States decreased by 20% and 0.9%, respectively, compared to the previous week according to data provided by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Global Update
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally over 836,000 new cases and 4,500 deaths were reported during last 28 days (June 19th through July 16th, 2023).

Prevention Steps
The following prevention steps are recommended by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at all community levels:.
• 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).
• Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
• Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.
• Maintain ventilation improvements.
• 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