COVID June 26

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.

The average number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Cape Cod has decreased by about 36 percent in the past week.

There are seven people hospitalized between Cape Cod's two hospitals, with one person in intensive care. The seven-day average for hospitalizations on the Cape is at 9.14 people compared with 14.28 people last week.

Since Thursday, June 25, five people in the region have been diagnosed with COVID-19, which brings the total number of cases to 1,530, and two people have died, bringing the Barnstable County death toll to 143.

Across the state 108,070 people have been diagnosed with the disease since the state's first diagnosis in February. Of those cases it is estimated that more than 70 percent have recovered.

More than 1 million nasal swab tests have been administered to 809,086 people in the state. Fewer than 800 people have been hospitalized in Massachusetts with the disease.

With 50 new deaths reported in the state, the toll has now surpassed 8,000 people who have died from the disease.

At a news conference on Friday, June 26, Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. announced a $275 million package that will help the economy recover in the wake of the pandemic. The bill is geared toward affordable housing and community development.

The bill will also allow for zoning changes at the local level to be approved by a simple majority as opposed to the current requirement of a two-thirds majority.

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