Cape Cod had an increase of 20 positive COVID-19 tests since Wednesday, April 15, but no new deaths have been reported based on numbers released by the state on Thursday, April 16.
While there were 137 deaths reported in the state, none of them were from Barnstable County. To date, 1,245 people have died in Massachusetts due to the coronavirus and 610 of those deaths have been residents of long-term care facilities.
Across the state, 2,263 more people tested positive for the disease. The total number of positive cases in the state since the start of the outbreak is now 32,181.
Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. said that the state is currently in the surge of the outbreak during a press conference this afternoon. He said that as difficult as staying home might be, it is more important than ever at the moment.
"The worst part of the pandemic is here," he said. "Letting up now would only result in greater harm."
Cape Cod hospitals each currently have 20 COVID-19 patients. Cape Cod Hospital has eight patients in intensive care and Falmouth hospital has five. The hospitals on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket do not currently have any COVID-19 patients.
Most of the people who have tested positive for the disease in the state are women at 16,794 cases. There have been 14,176 men who have tested positive. The state does not know the sex of 1,211 patients.
The majority of patients remains to be within the 50 to 59 age range at 5,784 positive tests while those who are 19 or younger have the lowest number of cases at 737 positive tests. The age of 247 patients is not known at this time.
The data presented by the state in terms of positive cases is cumulative since the first diagnosed case and does not represent the number of people who have recovered from the illness. The county is working to determine the number of people on Cape Cod who had the disease and have now recovered from it.
Statewide cumulative data is updated daily and is accurate as of 10 AM on any given day. Also released daily is the updated number of people being cared for in each hospital in the state. Additionally, the state has started to release the number of cases by town, which is updated every Wednesday.