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Hospital Admission Level Designation – Low
Barnstable County is currently classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at a low COVID-19 hospital admission level. As of September 2, 2023, a total of twenty-five (25) patients were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. None of these patients were in intensive care.

Reported Case Counts and Deaths
Town of Barnstable: 13,098 total positive residents cumulatively to date, 60 new cases during the last two weeks. Average daily incidence rate 8.8 per 100,000 HIGHER; positivity rate12.44% HIGHER.
Barnstable County: 51,600 cases, 267 new cases in the last two weeks; 815 deaths cumulatively, 7 deaths during the last two weeks; 8.3 average incidence per 100.000 HIGHER; 13.04% positivity HIGHER.
Massachusetts: 2,057,452 cases of State of Massachusetts residents cumulatively to date, 4,363 new cases in the last two weeks; 22,778 deaths cumulatively, 34 deaths in the last two weeks, The average age of death during the past week was 81 years old. 4.4 average incidence per 100,000 HIGHER; 11.92% positivity HIGHER.

Average Daily Incidence Rate in the Town of Barnstable
The fourteen day average daily incidence rate of Town of Barnstable residents increased to 4.28 new cases per day (8.8 per 100,000 population).

National Update
Deaths and hospitalizations in the United States increased by 10.5% and 8.75%, 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, as of September 6, 2023, there have been 770,437,327 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,956,900 deaths reported to WHO.

Prevention Measures
The following prevention measures are recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:
• Stay home when you are sick and take a test for COVID-19.
• Wearing a mask provides protection against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, especially when indoors or in crowded spaces.
• Get tested if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 (even if they are mild) and on day 6 day following an exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
• Isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 (or if test results are pending) and notify your close contacts they may have been exposed.
• Follow Massachusetts Exposure Precautions if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
• Gather with others outside or increase ventilation by bringing fresh outdoor air inside when weather permits.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes.
• Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and water, if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
• Follow guidance when travelling: Visit for the latest recommendations related to travel during COVID-19.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas McKean, RS, CHO
Director of Public Health