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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 (6.5 per 100,000 population). As of November 4th, a total of nine (9) patients were being treated for COVID-19 at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital. Two of the nine patients were in intensive care at that time.

Reported Case Counts and Deaths
Town of Barnstable: 44 new cases during the last two weeks.
Barnstable County: 159 new cases during the last two weeks
Massachusetts: 3,226 new cases during the last two weeks.

Average Daily Incidence Rate in the Town of Barnstable
The fourteen-day average daily incidence rate of Town of Barnstable residents decreased to 3.1 new cases per day.

National Trends
Hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 in the United States decreased by 0.1% compared to the previous week according to data provided by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Emergency department visits decreased by 5.3% Trends in death rates and trends positivity rates remained unchanged compared to the previous week.

Global Update
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, the number of new cases decreased by 42% during the 28-day period of September 25th to October 22nd, 2023, as compared to the previous 28-day period, with over half a million new cases reported. The number of new deaths decreased by 43% as compared to the previous 28-day period, with over 4700 new fatalities reported. As of October 22, 2023, over 771 million confirmed cases and over six million deaths have been reported globally.

Prevention Measures
The following prevention measures are recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:
• Get Vaccinated- Everyone 6 months & older should receive an updated COVID-19 vaccine (recommended doses vary by age and immune status).
• Wash Your Hands – Keeping your hands clean is the best way to get rid of germs and stop the spread of germs to others. You can get germs on your hands by simply touching a doorknob, pressing an elevator button, grabbing a pole on public transit, or shaking hands. Once these germs are on your hands, touching your mouth or nose to eat, sneeze, or cough or touching your eyes can make you sick.
• Mask Up if you need to. Wearing a mask provides protection against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, especially when indoors or in crowded spaces.
• Get tested if you develop any symptoms. Learn to recognize signs and symptoms of respiratory illnesses like flu, COVID-19, and RSV. If you have those symptoms, get tested.
• Get Treatment if you are COVID positive and have any symptoms. Talk to your doctor right away or use Massachusetts’ quick and free telehealth service available at
• Stay home when you have symptoms of any respiratory illness. Staying home helps prevent the spread of germs.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas McKean, RS, CHO
Director of Public Health