In the past week 40 people have tested positive for COVID-19 on Cape Cod, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 1,877 since the outbreak began in March.
Three Cape Cod residents have died of the disease in the past week. Officials maintain that no evidence of community spread exists at this time, and that spread of the disease remains isolated right now.
None of the towns in Barnstable County are currently considered to be high risk, although three Cape towns are considered a moderate risk. Those towns include Bourne, Barnstable and Harwich.
Bourne currently has 16 active cases, with an average daily case rate of 5.5 per 100,000 residents.
Sandwich, considered a moderate risk last week, has been downgraded and has 10 active cases. Falmouth has 15 active cases, while Mashpee has fewer than five active cases.
One COVID-19 patient is being treated at Cape Cod Hospital and two are being treated at Falmouth Hospital. One of the Falmouth patients is in intensive care.
The three-day average positive test rate in the state as of Wednesday, October 14, is 3.8 percent, up from a three-day average of 2 percent one month ago.
In a news conference on Tuesday, October 13, Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. said the rise of cases in the fall was always expected and he urged residents to remain vigilant by wearing facial coverings, socially distancing and maintaining proper hygiene.
He said taking these precautions is especially important as cool weather begins to drive people indoors.
Across the state over the past two weeks, the average age of someone who has tested positive for the disease is 38, while the average age of someone who has died from the disease is 78. The majority of cases reported over the past two weeks throughout Massachusetts are among people in their 20s. In the same period of time, one person in that age group has died, as has one pediatric patient.
A total of 1,177 people connected with higher education institutions have tested positive for the illness. Those tests include college staff as well as students.