Another person on Cape Cod has died from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, April 21.
The total number of deaths in Barnstable County is now 22. The state did not release any information pertaining to the person's town, age or gender.
In a public service announcement video put out by the Town of Sandwich, Fire Chief John J. Burke stated that the town has had its second death as a result of the virus.
The number of confirmed positive cases in Barnstable County has also risen to 672. At this time last week there were 514 total positive tests and 17 reported deaths on Cape Cod.
Just after Easter there was a drop in the daily number of positive cases the county was seeing. That number has since been on the rise.
According to the county, there have been 337 positive cases on the Upper Cape, 220 on the Mid-Cape, 116 on the Lower Cape and 16 on the Outer Cape.
More than 1,000 people across the state have died of the disease since last week, and the total number of cases has increased by about 32 percent to 41,199 total positive cases since the first case in February.
The average age of those who have died from the disease in the state is 81, with the youngest death in the state being a person in his/her 20s.
Across the state there have been 3,872 people hospitalized with COVID-19. The average age of people who are hospitalized is 68.
On Cape Cod there are currently 27 COVID-19 patients at Cape Cod Hospital, six of whom are in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital has 19 COVID-19 patients, with seven in intensive care.
Currently there are 265 long-term care facilities in the state reporting at least one case of the virus. Of those, there are six on Cape Cod with at least two cases. Three are on the Upper Cape. Bourne Manor and JML Falmouth each have fewer than 10 confirmed positive cases and Royal Cape Cod Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Buzzards Bay has more than 30 reported cases.
Sean O'Brien, director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, said nearly 2,000 cars have come through for since the testing site opened at Cape Cod Community College. The facility is open every day except Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. There are also triage tents set up outside of both of the Cape's hospitals and in some cases, onsite testing has been provided to long-term care facilities.
A new feature has been added to the Barnstable County website where residents may send messages of thanks to those who are working on the front lines of the disease, including nurses, doctors, paramedics, police officers and firefighters. Anyone wishing to send a message may do so by following the link on the front page of the county website, www.barnstablecounty.org.
As a result of the virus, Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. has signed legislation that pauses evictions and foreclosures. Additionally, schools in the state have been closed through the end of the school year and non-essential childcare facilities are closed until Monday, June 29.