COVID May 18

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

Since Friday, May 15, there have been 18 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed on Cape Cod, based on numbers released by the state on Monday, May 18.

A total of 1,155 people have tested positive for the disease on the Cape since the first case in Barnstable County was confirmed in March. Since Friday, May 15, nine people in the county have died from the illness, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths on Cape Cod up to 95.

At Cape Cod Hospital there are currently 17 patients with the illness; six are being treated in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital is treating nine COVID-19 patients, with two in intensive care. Neither hospital is at surge capacity.

Across the state there has been a total of 87,052 people who have tested positive for the disease; 5,862 of them have died. Of those who have died, 3,574 have been residents of long-term care facilities.

In Massachusetts, 2,533 people are hospitalized with the illness; 674 of them are in intensive care units. Since April 15 the number of COVID-19 patients who have been hospitalized in the state has declined by 27 percent.

Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. announced detailed information about industries that will be able to reopen soon at a news conference on Monday. He said that places of worship will be able to hold in-person services effective immediately. Industries that will start to open starting next week include hair salons and barbershops, pet groomers, drive-in movie theaters, retail stores for curbside pickup and delivery, libraries for curbside pickup and delivery, and zoos.

That's the first phase of the governor's four-phase plan. The second phase will include dine-in service at restaurants, batting cages, spas, tattoo parlors and miniature golf courses, among others. However, phase two will not begin for at least three weeks and is contingent upon a continuing positive trend in terms of newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations related to the illness, and the rate at which people are dying from the illness.

All businesses are required to follow mandated health and safety guidelines in order to open.

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