Cape Cod continues to see a trend of single-digit increases in newly reported COVID-19 cases. This has been the case for several weeks based on Massachusetts Department of Public Health data.
On Friday, June 5, there were three new cases reported since the day before, which brings the total number to 1,446 patients. About 65 percent of these people are estimated to have recovered.
Besides the appearance of a spike in numbers on Monday, June 1, no more than nine new cases have been reported in a single day since May 23. The reason for the spike was the state's decision to include probable cases in their reporting, which was reported as a cumulative total instead of being added to the previous day's numbers. There has not been a spike in new cases in the state at this time.
The diagnosis of a probable case is done by one of two methods when a patient presents with COVID-19 symptoms. The first uses an antibody test when a patient has had a likely exposure. The second involves a known virus exposure but no testing.
On Cape Cod there have been 123 deaths, all of whom have been in patients confirmed to have the illness through the nasal swab viral test. No probable cases have resulted in deaths on Cape Cod.
Nine patients are being treated in county hospitals, two in intensive care at Cape Cod Hospital. Last Friday, May 29, 15 people were being treated for the disease in county hospitals, six in intensive care.
Across the state there have been 98,796 confirmed patients and 3,761 probable cases. A total of 7,235 people have died from confirmed cases and an additional 138 people have died from probable cases.
Statewide 1,533 people are being treated in hospitals, with 350 in intensive care.
Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. is expected to make an announcement Saturday, June 2, on the second phase of reopening industries in the state, which could start on Monday, June 8.
He has said each phase would last a minimum of three weeks and that significant increases in newly reported cases, hospitalizations and deaths would delay the beginning of the next phase. All metrics he has cited indicate that the next phase of the plan is likely to begin next week.