The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has reported that as of Tuesday, April 28, 22 more Cape Cod residents have tested positive for coronavirus, the illness that leads to COVID-19. 

There is now a total of 820 cases of the illness detected in the county. No new deaths have been reported in Barnstable County since Monday, April 27, keeping the total of deaths from COVID-19 at 39.

Across the state there has been a total of 58,302 people who have tested positive for the disease. Of those cases, 3,153 have died. Of those currently sick 7 percent are hospitalized, with 1,005 in intensive care units.

There has been no change in the total number of COVID-19 patients being treated in the hospitals on Cape Cod, though the number of people being treated in intensive care units has decreased. Cape Cod Hospital currently has 18 patients, with five in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital has 11 patients; three are in intensive care.

Sean O'Brien, director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, said in a news conference on Tuesday, April 28, that both hospitals remain under surge capacity.

The county has created an interactive map with the number of cases as reported to the county by town. Towns are not required to participate in this effort.

Some towns, including Bourne, have opted to provide information to the county that represents the entire town while others have provided the information by ZIP code to further break down the geographical tracking of the outbreak.

Bourne Health Agent Terri Guarino said one of the reasons Bourne is not providing ZIP code data is because some of Bourne's neighborhoods are small, and releasing that information could compromise patient privacy.

Mashpee is not represented on the map at all, though the town has been transparent with the number of cases in town. Assistant Health Agent Cait Gardipe said the board of health decided to direct all inquiries about the town's statistics to the state Department of Public Health.

"This decision was made to ensure that residents are receiving consistent information," Ms. Gardipe said. "The Cape Cod Healthcare Heat Map System uses a different method to determine the number of cases, and we want to prevent any confusion."

The state releases town-by-town case counts weekly, with the next set of information expected to be posted on the state's website on Wednesday, April 29.

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