COVID cases on the rise, at 297 new cases in Cape Town and the islands; Nantucket Point

There have been 7,952 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, bringing the total number of cases to 1,838,163 since the start of the pandemic, the state Department of Public Health reported Thursday.

In their weekly report, state officials also noted 844 new probable coronavirus cases for a statewide total of 167,087.

As of Aug. 25, 182 patients were mostly hospitalized for COVID-19-related illnesses and 587 total patients hospitalized for COVID-19, the state agency reported.

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Sixty-seven patients were in intensive care units, or ICUs, and 29 patients were intubated.

Closer to home, in Thursday’s weekly report, state health officials said Barnstable County reported 261 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 42,818 since the pandemic began in March 2020. Dukes County (Martha’s Vineyard) reported 16 new cases of coronavirus, for a to-date total of 4,070. Nantucket County reported 20 new cases, for a total of 3,703.

The number of cases is higher than last week’s report, which showed 239 new cases in Cape Town and the islands. Nantucket County has seen a spike in cases, reporting 20 new cases last week.

The state’s 14-day positivity rate was 7.82%. The 14-day positivity rate for Barnstable County was 8.37% and 4.55% for Dukes and Nantucket counties.

Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis was treating 11 coronavirus patients, one of whom was in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital reported eight patients, with no intensive care patients. Martha’s Vineyard Hospital had no patients. Nantucket Cottage Hospital had three patients being treated for coronavirus.

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State health officials said Thursday there were 38 new deaths statewide among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total death toll to 20,063 since the start. of the pandemic.

There have been 10 deaths statewide from probable cases of COVID-19. The total number of deaths from probable cases is 1,317 in Massachusetts.

Barnstable County recorded five new deaths, the state agency reported. The total number of probable and confirmed deaths from COVID-19 is 638 in Barnstable County. There have been no new deaths in Dukes and Nantucket counties combined, for a total death toll of 20 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The two-week COVID-19 case count, total case count, and 14-day test positivity rate (Truro was lowest at 0%) for Cape Cod cities are as follows:

Barnstable (124; 11,028; 10.07%); Bourne (48; 4082; 9.18%); Brewster (16; 1674; 4.24%); Chatham (19; 997; 13.29%); Dennis (26; 2,668; 8.41%); Eastham (less than five; 576; 1.68%); Falmouth (76; 5,303; 7.45%); Harwich (22; 2408; 7.84%); Mashpee (28; 2,968; 6.06%); Orleans (13; 889; 7.87%): Provincetown (five; 476; 8.33%); Sandwich (32; 4,044; 6.89%); Truro (0; 197; 0%); Wellfleet (less than five; 317; 6.25%) and Yarmouth (63; 5,191; 11.51%).

Contact Asad Jung at ajung@capecodonline.com; follow him on Twitter @asadjungcct

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