August 13, 2020: There are now 1,803 confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 on Cape Cod as of yesterday. Here is the latest graphic from John Hopkins and some reports from towns around the Cape that have posted updates recently.
Falmouth coronavirus Report
August 12, 2020, Falmouth reported 239 cases since the beginning of the crisis on March 19, 2020. There were 13 cases confirmed out of 1,135 tests during the 14 days ending on August 5, 2020. That makes for a positive test rate of 1.15%. That’s an outstanding number, with cases surging all over the country. Read more.
Sandwich coronavirus Report
As of July 20, 2020, Sandwich reported two active/positive cases. Younger people and travelers were testing positive more than the elderly when this report at this point. Healthcare workers were still testing positive more than others. The video features the reopening of the library and how residents can safely visit and use the facility. Read More.
Town of Barnstable coronavirus Report
August 11, 2020: The town of Barnstable reports 431 cases of COVID-19. There were sixteen new cases reported over the past seven days. The chart above shows the dramatic turnaround that the town has made over the past few months. Congratulations, Barney! Cases have begun to rise somewhat as the summer has brought more visitors to the Cape, but overall, this is still a good chart when you compare it to what is going on in the South, Midwest, and West. Read More.
Yarmouth coronavirus Report
Yarmouth is reporting 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with no active cases, 129 recovered cases and three deaths. Read more.
Brewster coronavirus Report
Brewster is reporting 122 cases of COVID-19, with 95 of those cases being in long-term care facilities. The town notes that the state reports cases based on all the residents and staff that were tested at a facility, where the town only reports residents and staff that reside in Brewster.
Harwich coronavirus Report
August 10, 2020: Harwich reports 139 cases of COVID-19, with 71 cases from Wingate Nursing Home. The number of deaths is at 24. There are seven active cases. Positive test rates are improving greatly. The rate has come down in one week from 2.12% to 0.66 positives. Learn more by watching the video above (2:45-4:00).
Chatham coronavirus Report
August 4, 2020: Chatham became infamous for a party back in early July, where one person exposed dozens of party-goers to the virus. The town instituted testing at a pop-up facility at the Town Office annex for residents and restaurant workers to ensure containment. On July 27, test results came back with 33 negative tests out of 34. In the latest report, Chatham has 23 cases of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Case Cluster Linked to Chatham
July 23, 2020
Chatham officials were notified Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) that a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases have been linked to a house party held in town on July 12, 2020. At this time the Town is aware that ten individuals who attended the party have tested positive, one is a Chatham resident. The Chatham Police Department received no reports or complaints regarding this house party.
Due to health privacy laws no identifying information on the Chatham resident can be released. The Town does not have access to residency information of the other positive cases. However, contact tracing is being conducted by the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) in accordance with public health guidelines.
The Town, in cooperation with the Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment and Cape Cod Healthcare, will conduct testing at a pop-up clinic located in the parking lot of the Town Annex (261 George Ryder Rd.) on Monday, July 27, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone who attended the July 12th party or is a close contact to someone who attended the party. Pre-registration is required and may be made by calling the Chatham Health Division at 508- 945-5165 Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The amount of information known to the Town on the party is limited other than approximately 30-50 persons were in attendance and not wearing masks according to the VNA. While the Governor has issued specific guidance and limitations for indoor and outdoor gatherings, COVID-19 Order No. 44, activities in “unenclosed” outdoor spaces, including backyards, are not subject to capacity limitations. Furthermore, while the Governors Order on face coverings, COVID-19 Order No. 31, only applies to “public spaces” public health guidance is increasingly reinforcing the benefit of face coverings at all time when social distancing cannot be achieved to stop the spread of COVID-19.
A number of individuals testing positive reportedly work in the restaurant industry and
accordingly, the Health Division contacted local food service establishments requesting that employees be asked if they attended the party and to closely monitor all workers for symptoms. A few local restaurants have temporarily closed due to employees testing positive, or employees who are close contacts to positive individuals. The businesses are following all MADPH guidelines to deep-clean their establishments before re-opening.
The Town strongly encourages all residents and visitors adhere to State guidelines, Governor’s Orders, and local Board of Health Orders regarding COVID-19 including wearing masks when social distancing cannot be maintained or in Board of Health designated mandatory mask areas, social distancing, and frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer.
Orleans coronavirus Report
August 12, 2020: Orleans reports 27 cases of COVID-19. Read more.
Provincetown coronavirus Report
The COVID -19 graphic readout is updated daily on the Provincetown site. As of August 13, 2020 there were 31 cases in town with no active cases and one death.
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