COVID May 7

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

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Barnstable County has passed the 1,000 mark as of Thursday, May 7.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that a total of 1,021 people have tested positive for the disease, an increase of 21 positives since the day before.

There have also been two more deaths reported, bringing the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 on Cape Cod up to 57.

A week ago there were 860 total cases and 43 deaths. Those numbers are cumulative totals and do not represent the number of people who have recovered from the virus, which is expected to be at a rate above half.

There are currently 21 COVID-19 patients at Cape Cod Hospital; four are in intensive care. At Falmouth Hospital there are five virus patients, with two in intensive care. Last week Cape Cod Hospital had 17 patients with the disease, and Falmouth Hospital had eight.

Across the state there has been a total of 73,721 cases of the illness identified since the outbreak began. There have also been 4,552 deaths. More than half of all who died due to COVID-19 in the state have been residents of long-term care facilities.

Currently, 3,436 people in the state are hospitalized with COVID-19, and 852 are in intensive care units. The average age of a COVID-19 patient in Massachusetts is 53, the average age of a hospitalized patient is 68, and the average age of someone who has died is 82.

The field hospital that was set up at Joint Base Cape Cod was no longer being staffed as of Tuesday, May 5.

Cape Cod Healthcare president and chief executive officer Michael K. Lauf said hospitals have not seen a surge in cases that would have necessitated the use of the field unit, and that none of the beds have been used. He said all projections indicated that the Cape was going to be hit very hard, which is why the hospital was set up in the first place. 

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