Although there were no new reported deaths from COVID-19 in Barnstable County on Saturday, April 18, the number of positive cases increased by 17 from 573 to 590.

The death toll on Cape Cod stayed at 20, which includes two people in their 90s who were reported dead on Friday, April 17.

Across the state of Massachusetts 1,970 new cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the total to 36,372, according to the state department of health. There were 156 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,560.

The Town of Sandwich announced in a press release on Friday, April 17, that it had its first COVID-19 death. No details have been released.

Sandwich announced its first case of the virus on March 15. A total of 52 residents have tested positive for the disease; 43 have recovered.

Falmouth has reported 106 positive cases. More than half of those patients having recovered. Health Agent Scott McGann said the town's figure differs from the state's because the town is including doctors' diagnoses, not just lab-confirmed results.

Mashpee had reported 32 positive cases as of Wednesday, April 15. The latest update from Bourne is that it has 84 positive cases. That update came on Monday, April 13.

The state is now updating the cumulative totals by town every Wednesday.

The hospitals on Cape Cod each have 20 COVID-19 patients, with six at Cape Cod Hospital in intensive care and five patients in intensive care at Falmouth Hospital.

In the state, 18,766 women and 15,773 men have tested positive for the disease. The state does not know the gender of 1,833 patients.

The age breakdown of positive tests: 852 who are 19 or younger; 4,314 between 20 and 29; 5,282 between 30 and 39; 5,326 between 40 and 49; 6,445 between 50 and 59; 5,090 between 60 and 69; 3,571 between 70 and 79; and 5,193 who are 80 or older. The age of 299 patients is not known to the state at this time.

Social distancing guidelines are currently in place in Massachusetts until at least Monday, May 4, though Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. said at a press conference on Friday, April 17, that more guidance might be coming soon. More specific, an announcement in regard to whether schools will be allowed to reopen this year is expected in the coming weeks.

The numbers released by the state represent the total number of people who have tested positive since the outbreak began, not the total number of people who are currently sick. There have been recoveries.

Sean O'Brien, director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, has been working with his department to determine how many people on Cape Cod have recovered from the disease.

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