Several towns on Cape Cod—including two on the Upper Cape—have moved up a risk level when it comes to COVID-19, based on data released by the state on Wednesday, October 7.
Sandwich and Bourne have both been highlighted as "yellow" on the color-coded state map, meaning the average daily rate of COVID-19 in those towns is between four and eight for every 100,000 residents. The rate in Bourne is currently at a daily rate of 7.5, with 22 active cases; Sandwich is at a rate of 5.4 with 16 active cases.
A "red" town is defined as one with an average daily rate of eight or more cases per 100,000 people.
Falmouth remains in a "green" designation, with a daily rate of 3.4 and 15 active cases. Mashpee is "gray," with a daily rate of 1.9 and fewer than five active cases.
Harwich and Barnstable have also been moved into a yellow designation.
Across the Cape, a total of 1,837 cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic. The Barnstable County Department of Human Services has identified at least 204 additional probable cases of the disease.
A total of 175 people have died in the region.
Officials maintain that there is still no evidence of community spread.
Hospitalizations are down by half over last week, with four COVID-19 patients being treated at Cape Cod Hospital and none being treated at Falmouth Hospital. No one is being treated in intensive care at this time.
Statewide, the average age of a person who has become infected over the past two weeks has decreased to 36. The majority of cases over the same time period have been those in their 20s, and 22 percent of all cases in the past two weeks have been in pediatric patients.
The state reported the first pediatric death from the disease in Wednesday's report, though details about the age, sex and hometown of the patient were not immediately available.