Cape records 4,880 new COVID-19 cases in last two weeks

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Over the past two weeks, 4,880 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Barnstable County, according to the state Department of Public Health Thursday weekly municipal report.

The new number is 340 more cases than what was reported over the same time period last week.

Also on Thursday, the DPH issued a new report saying nearly half of the cases of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients are "incidental," meaning the patients tested positive for coronavirus while being hospitalized for other reasons.

Of the 3,187 patients in Massachusetts hospitals with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, 1,624 — or 51% — were primarily being treated for coronavirus, state public health officials said.

The other 1,563 patients — or 49% — with COVID-19 tested positive while in the hospital for other reasons.

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The state made the announcement as the highly transmissible Omicron variant is spreading in Massachusetts and across the U.S., impacting even patients going to the hospital for diverse procedures.

Wednesday saw 14,384 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, for a total of 1,404,214 since the pandemic began, the DPH Thursday report said.

There were also 2,001 new probable cases, according to the daily report, for a total of 115,569 since the pandemic started.

On Wednesday, Barnstable County saw 324 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 30,988.

The state-wide seven-day testing positivity rate was 15.03%, while the two-week testing positivity rate was 20.61% statewide and 20.09% in Barnstable County.

The DPH also said that Wednesday saw 3,144 patients in Massachusetts hospitals with COVID-19. State public health officials did not say how many were being treated primarily for coronavirus.

The numbers included 66 patients with COVID-19 in Cape hospitals, including 49 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and 17 at Falmouth Hospital. Each hospital had four patients with COVID-19 in intensive care.

State public health officials said that Wednesday the deaths of 87 people in Massachusetts with COVID-19 were reported, including six on Cape Cod.

They said 86 of those who died statewide had confirmed cases of coronavirus and one had a probable case of coronavirus, bringing total deaths of those confirmed with COVID-19 to 20,782 and those with probable cases to 513 since the pandemic began.

Cape Cod has seen the deaths of 587 people who had confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

The weekly municipal report for Cape towns follows. It includes new cases over the past two-week period, total number of cases since the pandemic began, and the testing positivity rate per town for the past two weeks.

Barnstable (1,207; 8,205; 22.81%); Bourne (534; 3,092; 18.79%); Brewster (186; 1,153; 14.58%); Chatham (70; 652; 15.67%); Dennis (297; 1,863: 23.14%); Eastham (45; 398; 15.53%); Falmouth (676; 3,663; 19.65%); Harwich (235; 1,660; 18.40%); Mashpee (399; 2,017; 20.15%); Orleans (73; 615; 15.79%); Provincetown (48; 424; 12.16%); Sandwich (443; 2,905; 19.73%); Truro (9; 163; 8.82%); Wellfleet (22; 233; 13.68%); Yarmouth (636; 3,621; 22.91%).

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Cape records 4,880 new COVID-19 cases in two weeks, six deaths Wednesday

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