Over the weekend 10 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed on Cape Cod. There have been 1,489 cases and 130 people have died in Barnstable County, three of whom died over the weekend. Between the county's two hospitals there are 15 patients being treated for the virus, six in intensive care units.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health showed Monday, June 15, that 894,616 nasal swab tests have been administered on 712,875 individuals statewide. This means that about 10 percent of the state's population has been tested for COVID-19.
Free COVID-19 testing will be made available for two days this week at 52 different sites across Massachusetts, Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. announced Monday.
Anyone who has recently been at a large gathering such as a protest is encouraged to get tested at one of the sites on Wednesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 18, the governor said, noting that this suggestion is not limited to those who feel sick.
"If you're healthy and feeling fine you should consider getting tested anyways," Gov. Baker said.
Several of these locations are on Cape Cod. The Falmouth site is at CVS Pharmacy at 419 East Falmouth Highway, and anyone looking to get tested here will need to make an appointment first. Outer Cape Health Services in Harwich, Wellfleet and Provincetown will also provide testing. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. A complete list of testing sites can be found at www.mass.gov/gettested.
When asked if he expected to see a spike in cases from protests, Gov. Baker said it is too soon to tell and any spike from those events will likely not be seen for a week or two.
If a spike in cases were to happen, Gov. Baker said having efficient testing done in conjunction with an effective contact tracing program should help minimize the need to keep the state at a level of closure.