A total of 55 people have tested positive for COVID-19 on Cape Cod since Thursday, May 21 — the second-highest single-day increase the region has seen since the pandemic started.
The highest single-day increase was reported on April 1, where 64 new cases were reported from the previous day.
Barnstable County has now had a total of 1,257 people test positive for the disease since the first diagnosed case in March, based on numbers released by the state on Friday, May 22.
Additionally, four new deaths have been reported on the Cape since Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths from the illness up to 103.
Sean O'Brien, director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, said that well over half the people who have been diagnosed with the disease have recovered.
At Cape Cod Hospital there are currently 14 COVID-19 patients; five are being treated in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital is treating nine COVID-19 patients and also has five in intensive care.
Across the state there were 805 new cases and 80 deaths reported since Thursday. Since the outbreak began there have been 90,889 people in Massachusetts who have tested positive for the disease, and 6,228 have died. Of those who have died, 61 percent have been residents of long-term care facilities.
Currently there are 2,323 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the state; 628 are being treated in intensive care units.
As Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. outlined his plan to begin reopening the state, he urged residents to continue following the guidelines around social distancing, wearing face coverings in public spaces, and making sure that hands and surfaces are kept clean. Residents are also urged to stay home if they are feeling unwell.
A new map was released by the state that provides the locations of every COVID-19 testing site in Massachusetts. According to the map, there are 13 testing sites on Cape Cod, six of which are located in Upper Cape towns. The map can be found at www.mass.gov/covid-testmap.