New COVID cases on Cape plummet but deaths of people with coronavirus highest since March

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New cases of COVID-19 in Barnstable County plummeted by more than 1,000 over during the past week, but deaths rose to numbers not seen since early March of last year.

The state Department of Public Health said in its weekly municipal report Thursday that Barnstable County had 3,627 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks, a decrease of 1,253 new cases from the same time period reported Jan. 20.

Deaths in the last two-week period rose from 16 last week to 25 reported Thursday, a number last seen on March 10, 2021. Health officials say deaths lag a few weeks behind case counts.

In its daily report Thursday, the DPH said there were 8,616 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 168 on Cape Cod.

So far there have been 1,466,315 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, including 32,438 in Barnstable County.

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State public health officials, who based the daily Thursday report on Wednesday's figures, said there were also 1,081 new probable cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, for a total of 123,987 since the pandemic began.

State public health officials said the seven-day testing positivity rate for Massachusetts has dropped to 9.48%.

They said in the daily report that Massachusetts saw 84 new deaths of people with confirmed cases of coronavirus Wednesday, for a total of 21,271 since the pandemic began.

In addition, three people in Massachusetts with probable cases of COVID-19 died Wednesday, for a total of 568.

The daily report included one death of a person with coronavirus in Barnstable County. So far 608 people with COVID-19 on Cape Cod have died.

State public health officials said that, as of Wednesday, 2,521 people in Massachusetts were hospitalized for coronavirus.

They said Cape Cod Hospital had 46 patients with coronavirus, including five in intensive care, while Falmouth Hospital had 21, including four in the ICU.

The positivity testing rate for COVID-19 decreased to 18.17% for Barnstable County in the two-week period from Jan. 9 to 22, and to 12.59% for the state.

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The state's municipal report on new cases over the last two weeks; total cases; and testing positivity rates over the past two weeks for towns on Cape Cod follows:

Barnstable (917; 8,610; 20.25%); Bourne (355; 3,230; 18.77%); Brewster (124; 1,218; 11.79%); Chatham (95; 700; 22.15%); Dennis (267; 1,983; 21.69%); Eastham (20; 408; 9.34%); Falmouth (420; 3,817; 15.80%); Harwich (214; 1,765; 19.06%); Mashpee (318; 2,158; 19.93%); Orleans (59; 643; 13.89%); Provincetown (32; 436; 10.10%); Sandwich (301; 3,048; 16.61%); Truro (8; 168; 8.70%); Wellfleet (10; 240; 8.39%); and Yarmouth (487; 3,844; 19.96%).

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Barnstable County MA had 3,627 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks

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