COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod increase as hospitalizations creep up and deaths remain low – Cape Cod Times

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Volunteers push the 5000 pound Stonewalk Global Pandemic memorial stone through Hyannis from Cape Cod Hospital to Barnstable Town Hall

Steve Heaslip, Cape Cod Times

The state Department of Public Health said Thursday the number of new COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod for the last two-week period increased by more than a third to almost 1,170.

Hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 on Cape Cod inched up, while deaths from COVID-19 remained low, according to the weekly DPH report.

State public health officials said that as of Thursday, the number of new COVID-19 cases in towns in Barnstable County on Cape Cod during the last reported two-week period, from April 24 to May 7, was 1,166 to 1,669.

On May 5, the DPH reported 847-850 new cases in a two-week period compared with 750 new cases reported on April 28.

Hospitalizations approaching February levels

Statewide, Massachusetts recorded 5,576 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, increasing the total to 1.6 million since the pandemic began. In addition, there were 947 new probable cases of COVID-19 statewide for a total of 144,581, according to the DPH.

The new COVID-19 cases reported by state public health officials Thursday included 140 on Cape Cod, increasing Barnstable County’s total to 37,492.

The DPH also reported that hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 are approaching February’s levels.

State public health officials said 728 people in Massachusetts hospitals were diagnosed with the nascent coronavirus as of Wednesday, including 484 — or 66% of the total — who were fully vaccinated.

Only a fraction — 230, or 32% — of hospital patients with coronavirus were being treated primarily for COVID-19-related illness.

Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis reported 20 patients with COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including three in the intensive care unit. Falmouth Hospital reported eight coronavirus patients, one of whom in the intensive care unit.

In its recent report, the DPH reported 16 deaths attributed to COVID-19, increasing the total since the pandemic began to 19,243. Also, two people with probable cases of coronavirus died, increasing the total of probable fatalities to 1,140.

The average age at death was 78.

The DPH reported included no new deaths on Cape Cod, which has seen 582 people with COVID-19 perish.

State public health officials said the most recent seven-day testing positivity rate for the state reached 8.24%. The two-week testing positivity rate for Cape Cod is 8.88% compared with 7.03% reported May 5.

The two-week COVID-19 case counts, case totals, and two-week testing positivity rates for towns on Cape Cod follow.

Barnstable (242; 9,783; 9.06%); Bourne (92; 3,637; 7.32%); Brewster (52; 1,454; 6.55%); Chatham (31; 830; 9.52%); Dennis (82; 2,328; 9.93%); Eastham (23; 485; 13.19%); Falmouth (172; 4,495; 8.82%); Harwich (71; 2,078; 9.15%); Mashpee (91; 2,548; 8.69%); Orleans (27; 771; 9.49%); Provincetown (less than five; 456; 2.25%); Sandwich (137; 3,561; 10.42%); Truro (5; 181; 6.33%); Wellfleet (7; 276; 8.14%); and Yarmouth (133; 4,468; 9.43%).  

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