Cape Cod is back to having no high-risk COVID-19 towns as of Wednesday, September 16.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on that day released its weekly report, which includes a color-coded map of all of the towns and cities in the state. Last week, Chatham was identified as being high risk on the map, but has returned to being among the lowest-risk towns this week.
The color gray is the lowest risk, meaning fewer than five cases reported in the past five days; green is second, with an average daily case rate of less than four per 100,000 residents; yellow means an average daily case rate of four to eight cases per 100,000 residents; and red, the highest risk, means the community has a daily incidence rate of more than eight cases per 100,000 residents.
As of this week, all but three Cape communities are shaded gray. Falmouth, Barnstable, and Yarmouth have been labeled in green.
In total, 1,690 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on Cape Cod, 27 of those confirmed in the past week. The Barnstable County Department of Human Services had identified an additional 236 cases as being probable as of Tuesday.
Falmouth, which currently has the highest incidence rate on the Upper Cape, has had a total of 260 cases of the disease. Of those, 12 have been confirmed in the past two weeks.
Bourne has had a total of 176 cases, Mashpee has had 80, and Sandwich has had 107. All three towns currently have fewer than five cases.
Since last week, two people have died in Barnstable County from the illness, bringing the total to 171.
Two people are being treated for COVID-19 at Falmouth Hospital, though neither is in intensive care. Cape Cod Hospital is not currently treating any patients with the illness.
Across the state, 5,287 people are in isolation with the illness at this time.
The average age of a COVID-19 patient in the past two weeks is 36, while the average age of someone who has died in the past two weeks has been 79. The majority of people who have tested positive for the disease in that time span are in their 20s.
Testing has been conducted on the campuses of colleges and universities as students and faculty are welcomed back for the fall semester. Since the testing began on August 15, 499 cases of the illness have been identified at higher education institutions, with 168 new cases identified since last week. The data include students, faculty and staff.