COVID May 15

This graph shows the daily new cases of COVID-19 on Cape Cod since the first reported case in March.

Since Wednesday, May 13, there have been 26 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed on Cape Cod based on numbers released by the state on Friday, May 15.

In the same time frame, seven more people in Barnstable County have died from the disease.

To date there has been a total of 1,137 people in the county diagnosed with COVID-19; 86 have died. The mortality rate in the county is at 7.6 percent, though this figure only accounts for known cases and does not include those cases that might have gone undetected or undiagnosed.

Cape Cod Hospital is treating 21 people who have the illness, five of whom are in intensive care. At Falmouth Hospital there are eight people being treated for the disease; half are in intensive care.

Across the state, more than 83,000 people have tested positive for the disease and 5,592 have died. The death rate in the state is at 6.7 percent, though, similar to the county rate, this does not account for cases that have gone undetected. Of those who have died, more than 60 percent have been residents of long-term care facilities and about 98 percent have had at least one underlying condition.

No one in the state under age 20 has died from the disease. The average age of someone who has died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts is 82 years old.

Of all the current cases of the disease in the state, there are 2,767 people being treated in hospitals. Of those, 749 are in intensive care units.

An announcement is expected on Monday, May 18, from Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. regarding when businesses in the state might be allowed to open and which industries will be included in the first phase of his four-phase reopening plan. He has not given any indication at this time of which industries will be included.

At a news conference on Friday, the governor acknowledged that regardless of how his administration decides to move forward, there will be some people who feel that he is moving too quickly and others who wish that he would move more quickly.

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I hope we all get a clear picture of the camping areas that will or will not be open, like Scusset and Bourne Scenic along with Peters Park and when

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