There have been five more deaths on Cape Cod due to COVID-19 as of Wednesday, April 22.

That raises Barnstable County's death toll due to COVID-19 to 27. The state's report did not provide any data as to the age or gender of those who died. Across the state, 221 people have died from the disease since Tuesday, April 21.

The average age of all who have died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts is 82.

Six more positive cases in the county on Tuesday, April 21, raised that total to 678.

On the Cape, 16 patients are being treated at Cape Cod Hospital; five are in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital is treating 19 COVID-19 patients, six of whom are in intensive care.

The state reported that on the Upper Cape, Falmouth has had 110 positive cases; Bourne has had 99; Sandwich has had 57; and Mashpee has had 34.

The numbers that the state provides may vary from what the towns are reporting. That is because the state is counting only cases where a test had confirmed the illness. Some towns may also be counting the cases where a doctor has diagnosed the illness without a test.

The state reported that there are six long-term care facilities in the county that have more than two confirmed cases of COVID-19; three are in Upper Cape towns. Bourne Manor and JML Care Center in Falmouth both have fewer than 10 cases, while Royal Cape Cod Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Buzzards Bay has more than 30.

The Town of Sandwich announced on Wednesday, April 22, that Cape Heritage Nursing Home has its first confirmed case of the disease and is providing tests for all residents and employees.

The state does not include assisted living facilities in its long-term care facility numbers.

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Average age of deceased virus patients... 82? This seems very high but certainly supports that the elderly are vulnerable.

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