Town of Falmouth COVID-19 INFORMATION
A large majority of Falmouth residents eligible for vaccines are now fully vaccinated. Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever.
October 21, 2021 - 2,045 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Falmouth since the beginning of the outbreak on March 19, 2020 – a ‘confirmed case’ represents an individual who received a positive molecular (viral) test result. There have been 43 confirmed cases during the most recent 7-day period ending October 21, 2021.
October 21, 2021- The percent positivity rate for Falmouth for the most recent 14-day reporting period is 3.73%. Percent positivity is the percent of PCR tests that were positive for COVID-19.
October 22, 2021 - Average Daily Incidence Rate per 100,000 for Falmouth for the most recent 14-day period is 19.7. This incidence rate is the total number of cases a town would have if it had a population of 100,000. Since the state uses 31,190 as Falmouth's population number, the 14-day incidence rate would be multiplied by 0.3190. For example an incidence rate of 20 means Falmouth is averaging 6-7 daily cases.
Falmouth level of transmission is currently "moderate/low" using the CDC's rating levels.
Town Issues Reminder of Local Mask Advisory – July 30, 2021
With the recent increase in transmission of COVID-19 in Barnstable County, the Town reminds residents that that there is a local mask advisory in place: Effective May 25, 2021, the Falmouth Board of Health and Select Board issued an advisory to wear masks in indoor public spaces in the Town of Falmouth, finding that COVID-19 is still a threat to the health of our community and that masks are an effective means to mitigate the threat of transmission.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance July 27th recommending that individuals in areas of “high or substantial transmission” should wear masks when indoors in public even if they are vaccinated. Barnstable County is an area of “high transmission” as of the date of this release. The full CDC guidance is below.
UPDATE from the Centers for Disease Control – July 27, 2021
Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. CDC has updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant.
Safer Activities for You and Your Family
- If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic.
- To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Wearing a mask is most important if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. If this applies to you or your household, you might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
- You should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.
If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.
Falmouth Face Covering Advisory and Order - June 21, 2021
- Governor Baker has lifted the order requiring face coverings with limited exceptions for transportation, hospitals, schools and congregate care settings effective May 29, 2021. On May 24, 2021, the Falmouth Board of Health and Select Board each voted to lift mask orders adopted for Falmouth indoor public places and for Main Street and Woods Hole.
- The Falmouth Board of Health and Select Board voted to adopt the following advisory: Effective May 25, 2021, the Falmouth Board of Health issues an advisory to wear masks in indoor public spaces in the Town of Falmouth, finding that COVID-19 is still a threat to the health of our community and that masks are an effective means to mitigate the threat of transmission.
Information on COVID-19 Vaccine Access - June 30, 2021
All Massachusetts Residents age 12+ are eligible for vaccination. There is now sufficient local supply to meet demand. Check the links below for appointments and notice of 'Walk-In' clinics which do not require appointments:
Pharmacies & Grocery Stores - Check for availability at Vaccinefinder.org. From these sites, you can follow links to register.
Vaccine information links:
State Coronavirus Information
National Coronavirus Information
Quick Tips on Preventing the Coronavirus and Seasonal Flu:
- Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each season.
- People who are at high risk of serious flu illness should take flu antiviral drugs quickly if they get sick.
- Cover Your Cough
- Stay Home if you are sick
- Wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds)
What is the Coronavirus
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) that has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. There is still a lot to learn about the virus including how and where it is spreading around the globe and the U.S. but we do know that taking the same precautions as Influenza can help reduce the spread of the virus. Below are active Federal, State and Local links with up to date information on the virus and the areas that it is effecting.