COVID May 20

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

Over a two-day period there was an increase of 42 positive cases of COVID-19 on Cape Cod, bringing the total number up to 1,197 cases as of Wednesday, May 20.

While there is no exact figure available, more than half are estimated to have recovered from the illness.

Since Monday, May 18, three people in the region have died from COVID-19. Since the first reported death, 98 Cape Cod residents have died from the disease.

Based on data released by the state on Wednesday, there have been 144 cases in Bourne, 170 in Falmouth, 50 in Mashpee and 80 in Sandwich. The upper Cape accounts for about 37 percent of all cases on Cape Cod.

There are 16 COVID-19 patients being treated at Cape Cod Hospital, including seven in intensive care. At Falmouth Hospital there are nine patients being treated for the illness, with three in intensive care.

Statewide there have been 88,970 people diagnosed with the disease, and more than 6,000 people have died. There are 2,518 people in state hospitals being treated, 675 of whom are being treated in intensive care units. The total number of hospitalizations in the state is down 30 percent since April 15.

As of Wednesday, 13 hospitals in the state are still operating under surge capacity, down from 18 last week. Neither hospital in Barnstable County has reached surge capacity.

With Governor Charles D. Baker Jr.'s Monday, May 18, announcement that some industries will be allowed to open again starting next week, the county is also starting to plan for what the summer season could look like. Some tourism industries are looking at Tuesday, June 8, openings at the earliest, state Senator Julian A. Cyr (D-Truro) said during a news conference on Tuesday, May 19. These industries include short-term accommodations such as hotels and housing rentals lasting less than 30 days, as well as dine-in service at restaurants.

Sen. Cyr said the summer is going to look different than it usually does, but there is optimism that there will still be opportunities for local businesses to have a successful, if muted, season.

"I'm cautiously optimistic that we will have a summer season," he said.

He said the ability to move on to the next phase of the reopening will depend heavily on people taking personal responsibility in terms of following face covering and social distancing guidelines.

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