Cape Cod has 19 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, April 9, as well as one more death.

The numbers bring Barnstable County's totals to 444 cases and 12 deaths.

The county's latest fatality from the virus was a man in his 70s who was hospitalized and had no underlying health conditions.

Statewide there are now 18,941 confirmed cases, with 94,958 people tested for the disease. Five hundred three people in the state have died due to COVID-19.

Of the total number of cases, 9,988 are women and 8,776 are men. There are 77 patients for whom the state does not know their gender.

The 50 to 59 age range still has the highest number of cases, with 3,562. Those 19 and younger have the lowest number of cases, with 403. The age of five patients is unknown at this time.

In total, 1,747 patients in the state have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and 5,106 have been managing their illness at home. The treatment of 12,088 patients is not known to the state at this time.

Sean O'Brien, director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, said the total number of cases presented for the county is the cumulative total and that his department is looking to determine how many people on Cape Cod have recovered from the disease. He expects to have those numbers within a few days.

When asked if he agrees with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci's assessment that society will forego the handshake greeting from now on, he said that would be a likely scenario.

"We may be out of handshakes and into elbow bump territory for a while," he said.

He also agreed with Santa Clara County (California) Executive Officer Dr. Jeffrey Smith that there is a chance there will not be any major athletic events again until at least Thanksgiving.

Mr. O'Brien has recently come out of quarantine himself after having a brief known exposure to a COVID-19 patient. He said that he isolated himself voluntarily and tried to keep away from his family as much as possible, though he never became symptomatic.

His experience in being able to work from home and have a high level of productivity has shown him that workplaces as a whole could see a shift in what work weeks could look like as the world emerges from the pandemic.

"I think we're going to see social distancing become more a part of it," he said.

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