COVID May 6

This graph shows the daily new cases of COVID-19 on Cape Cod since the first reported case in March.

The number of positive COVID-19 tests on Cape Cod increased by 28 cases since Tuesday, May 5, bringing the total to 997 cases.

Additionally, the Cape saw its highest single-day increase in the number of people who have died, with seven new deaths being reported since Tuesday. There have now been 55 deaths related to COVID-19 in Barnstable County.

The state Department of Public Health released the most up-to-date data for each town, as well. On the Upper Cape there have been 136 cases in Falmouth, 124 in Bourne, 67 in Sandwich and 42 in Mashpee. Across the county, Wellfleet has the fewest number of confirmed cases with fewer than five, and Barnstable has the most, with 238. 

While data have not yet been released the number of people in the county who have recovered from the disease, Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment director Sean O'Brien has said the estimate is that more than half of those who have been known to be infected have recovered.

The number of people being treated for the disease at Cape Cod Hospital has increased since Tuesday from 18 to 24, with four in intensive care. There are still five patients being treated for the disease at Falmouth Hospital, though there is now one patient receiving intensive care, down from two on Tuesday.

Across the state there were 1,754 new cases and 208 new deaths reported. There are currently 3,564 people in Massachusetts who are hospitalized with COVID-19; 922 of are in intensive care units.

At a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, May 6, Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. said that in order for the state to begin a phased reopening of the economy on Monday, May 18, there will need to be a sustained downward trend in the number of new cases, number of hospitalizations and number of deaths. 

In response to people being critical about the number of cases and deaths in the state being lower than what the models had predicted, he said the lower-than-predicted numbers were due to residents taking the guidelines about staying home and social distancing seriously.

"The models were all wrong because people changed how they lived their lives," he said.

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