COVID-19 Update 0503

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

Forty-four more Cape Cod residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

There have also been two more deaths in the county related to the disease. Since the outbreak began 946 people on the Cape have tested positive for the illness; 47 have died.

As of Sunday, May 3, there were 14 COVID-19 patients being treated at Cape Cod Hospital, with four in intensive care. At Falmouth Hospital there are five COVID-19 patients; two are in intensive care.

Across the state there are 3,617 people in hospitals being treated for the disease, with 904 in intensive care units. Since the beginning of the outbreak the state has had 68,087 positive tests, which represent about 22 percent of the total tests conducted in the state.

A total of 4,004 people have died in Massachusetts as a result of the disease, which is about 5.9 percent of the total known positive cases in the state. On the Cape, about 5 percent of the people that tested positive have died. These figures do not account for cases of the disease that may have gone unrecognized, such as in the instance of asymptomatic carriers or people who came down with a mild form of the illness and did not get tested.

Of the people who have died, more than half were residents of long-term care facilities. The average age of the people who have died from COVID-19 in the state remains at 82. The average age of someone hospitalized with the illness is 69 and the average age of a COVID-19 patient in Massachusetts has decreased by one year to 53.

The most recent order from Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. mandates that state residents older than 2 must wear face coverings in situations where social distancing is not possible, such as in the supermarket or pharmacy, or while using public transportation. The order is not mandatory for people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.

The order goes into effect on Wednesday, May 6.

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