Over the past two days (June 2 and 3) there have been 11 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Cape Cod, based on numbers released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
This number includes both confirmed and probable cases.
There have also been three new COVID-19-related deaths reported in Barnstable County in the same period of time. All of the deaths were people who were confirmed through the nasal swab test.
There has now been a total of 1,435 confirmed or probable cases of the disease and 121 deaths on Cape Cod since the start of the outbreak. Confirmed and probable cases are not differentiated at the county level.
Currently there are 10 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the count. Four of those patients are being treated in intensive care.
The state reports that Bourne has had 151 cases and that 10.87 percent of people in the town who have been tested have tested positive. Falmouth has had 185 cases, with 8.19 percent of tests coming back positive; Mashpee has had 54 cases, with 4.99 percent of tests being positive; and Sandwich has had 90 cases, with 8.31 percent of tests coming back positive.
Sean O'Brien, director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, responded to the spike in cases seen in the county on Monday, saying the spike was most likely due to the state now including probable cases in its totals. Mr. O'Brien said he does not know how many of those cases reported in Monday's data were newly confirmed cases and how many were the result of adding the total number of presumed cases.
Since the testing site at Cape Cod Community College opened up, 3,898 cars have gone through for testing. There might have been more than one patient per car. The site has extended testing hours into Saturday mornings.
Across the state there were 425 new confirmed cases reported since Tuesday, June 2, and four probable cases reported during the same time frame. Since Tuesday there have been 68 deaths among confirmed cases of the disease and none among probable cases.
In the state there are 1,684 people hospitalized with the illness and 393 in intensive care units.
The majority of all people in the state who have been confirmed with the disease have recovered. The state reported on Wednesday that 78,108 people have been released from isolation since the outbreak began and that 12,844 are currently isolated with the illness.
Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary MaryLou Sudders announced during a news conference on Wednesday that the state is relaxing some of the restrictions that have prohibited people from visiting with loved ones who live in rest homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
While residents who are currently sick with COVID-19 will not be able to have visitors, those in recovery can. There will be a limit of two guests per resident per visit and a distance of six feet must be maintained between residents and guests. Additionally, face coverings will be required for residents and guests, and all guests will be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms before being allowed to visit.
Visits will be supervised by staff members trained in patient safety and infection control.