Since Friday, May 8, there have been 37 Cape Cod residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total in Barnstable County to 1,075. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released the numbers on Monday, May 11.
In that same time period 12 Cape residents died due to the disease, bringing the total to 73. The death rate of known cases on Cape Cod is at about 6.8 percent; that figure does not account for cases that have gone undetected.
Of all known cases on Cape Cod, at least half are estimated to have recovered.
At Cape Cod Hospital there are currently 21 COVID-19 patients, including six in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital has five COVID-19 patients, one in intensive care.
Across the state a total of 669 new cases of the illness and 129 deaths were reported since Sunday, May 10. More than 5,000 people in Massachusetts have died from the illness since the outbreak began; about 60 percent of those who died have been residents of long-term care facilities.
Massachusetts is third in the country in terms of total diagnosed cases and total number of COVID-19 deaths.
Currently, 3,102 people with COVID-19 are being treated in hospitals in the state; 813 are in intensive care.
At a news conference on Monday, Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. outlined the state's plan for a phased reopening of businesses. The reopening would take place in four phases and will potentially begin on Monday, May 18, as long as certain metrics such as newly reported cases of the disease, hospitalization rates and death rates remain in a downward trend.
Any business that is able to reopen will be required to adhere to strict standards—many of which are already in place—such as limits to the number of people allowed in a business at any given time as well as face mask requirements.
The four phases are as follows: Start, which would see the reopening of businesses and industries that already have limited face-to-face interactions; Cautious, industries with more face-to-face interactions would be able to reopen; Vigilant, restrictions from earlier phases could be loosened; and New Normal, at which point treatments or vaccines might be available, allowing for life to return to some version of normal.
Gov. Baker did not outline exactly which industries would be included in each phase. An announcement is expected to be made in that regard in the coming days.
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