Confirmed Cases

This line graph charts the daily number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Cape Cod since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 842 Cape Cod have tested positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday, April 29.

The total represents an increase of 22 positive tests since Tuesday, April 28.

Additionally, one more resident has died, which brings the total number of deaths in Barnstable County as a result of the illness up to 40.

Cape Cod Hospital is currently treating 18 COVID-19 patients; four are in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital has six COVID-19 patients, two of whom are in intensive care.

On the Upper Cape, the state reports that Falmouth has had a total of 124 positive cases, Bourne has had 121, Sandwich has had 66 and Mashpee has had 37.

Sean O'Brien, the director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, said during a news conference on Wednesday, April 29, that the majority of people who have been diagnosed in the county have recovered from the disease, though he did not have an exact number.

Most of the towns on Cape Cod are giving data to the county, which is represented on an interactive map that shows the number of cases per town. Many towns have also broken down that information by ZIP code.

Mashpee has decided not to participate in the map, opting instead to report directly to the state. The data the town gives to the state is released weekly on Wednesdays. Assistant Health Agent Cait Gardipe said Mashpee has chosen this route to ensure residents are getting consistent information.

Bourne has provided whole town data to the map, but has chosen not to break up the information by ZIP code. Health Agent Terri Guarino said last week that this was in part because the town has small neighborhoods and releasing ZIP code information might infringe upon patient privacy.

On Wednesday, April 29, she provided further information about the decision, which includes the fact that some of the town's ZIP codes intersect with other towns and in some cases, other counties.

She said that the ZIP code 02532 includes Bourne, Gray Gables, Bournedale, and Buzzards Bay, but also part of Wareham, which is in Plymouth County. ZIP code 02542 is a Buzzards Bay ZIP code that also contains Joint Base Cape Cod. The base is also in Mashpee and Sandwich, Ms. Guarino said.

"We are actively working on a situation," she said.

Information about the Barnstable County correctional facility is also not included in the town's data. Ms. Guarino said the facility is not under local jurisdiction.

There are currently no reported cases of the disease at the facility, according to Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings.

Statewide, the total number of cases has passed 60,000 and 3,405 people have died, including two people in their 20s. Of those who have died, 98.2 percent have had at least one underlying condition and at least 58 percent had been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

Of those who are currently sick, 6 percent are hospitalized and 1,011 patients are in intensive care units in the state.

The state has performed a total of 265,618 tests since the outbreak began.

Mr. O'Brien said that on the Cape about 5,000 tests have been administered by Cape Cod Healthcare, with up to 4,000 more done privately through facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living communities.

Cape Cod Healthcare has reported that 13.6 percent of all of the tests it has administered have come back as positive.

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