Town of Falmouth COVID-19 INFORMATION
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts including Barnstable County and Falmouth has declined since a peak in mid-January but there is still community spread of the virus. It is remains critically important to limit face to face interactions to curtail transmission of COVID-19 and protect family and friends from this potentially deadly virus. When interactions are absolutely necessary, wear a mask over your nose and mouth and maintain social distance.
Falmouth Health Agent, Scott McGann - February 19, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines: updated February 23rd
Governor Baker Expands Eligibility for Vaccine to include individuals age 65+ and those with certain medical conditions. Baker Press Release 2/17/2021.
The MA Department of Public Health is allocating most of the vaccine received from the federal government to mass vaccination sites and 20 communities that have the greatest "COVID-19 burden".
Local supply of vaccine remains on Cape Cod limited. Barnstable County is only receiving about 1,100 vaccines doses per week for distribution at its sites in Falmouth, Barnstable and Orleans. For context, the population of residents age 65 and older in the County is approximately 63,000.
For the next two weeks, all doses received by the County will be needed for second dose vaccinations for individuals who already received their first dose at County vaccinations sites.
Falmouth Health Agent and Town Manager Call on Governor Baker to Distribute More Vaccine to Cape Cod - Media Release 2/12/2021
COVID-19 Vaccinations Available for MA Veterans Age 55+
Vaccinations available in Brockton, West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain - For Details See Vaccines for Veterans
Falmouth Defers COVID-19 Hotline Due to Limited Vaccine Supply
The Town of Falmouth is prepared to assist residents who do not have internet access with booking vaccine appointments but due to the limited supply of vaccine, the Town is deferring the launch of the Falmouth Resident COVID-19 Hotline. New appointments for vaccines across the state are booked within minutes of being posted. In this environment, the Town would be unable secure appointments for residents who might call. When the supply of vaccine comes closer to meeting the weekly demand, the Town will announce a phone number for the hotline.
Local Vaccine Availability: updated February 23rd
The East Falmouth CVS has begun posting appointments. Check for availability at: cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine. The Town does not have any ability to find out how many doses will be available.
The Mashpee Walgreens is expected to have a limited number of doses available in the coming weeks. Check for availability at walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19. The Town does not have any ability to find out how many doses will be available.
Barnstable County anticipates receiving approximately 1,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week for the two next weeks for all of Cape Cod. This number does not include vaccines received by pharmacies and healthcare providers.
The reason there are so few appointments available locally is entirely due to the limited supply of vaccine the region is able to obtain from the MA Department of Public Health. Through its partnerships with Cape Towns, Barnstable County has the ability to deliver a much greater volume of vaccines per day than we are receiving from the Commonwealth.
For those able to travel off-Cape, there will be a larger number of appointments available at the ‘mass vaccination sites’ operated by the Commonwealth at Gillette Stadium at the Circuit City in Dartmouth, MA. Availability at these sites is posted at maimmunizations.org.
Sign up for advance email notice of registration opening up on Cape Cod by visiting www.barnstablecountyhealth.org.
Where can I get the vaccine and how do I get an appointment?
There are two web portals to check for vaccine appointments.
- PrepMod www.maimmunizations.org This site lists only vaccination locations operated by state and local government entities. It does not include pharmacies. but it provides the most direct access to the locations run by government entities.
- Mass.gov Vaccination Site Map & Appointment Portal This site is intended to list all vaccine locations operated by pharmacies and grocery stores as well as state and local government entities. As of February 17th, one is required to navigate several links and websites to make an appointment.
When will I be eligible to get the vaccine?
Commonwealth of MA site that details which individuals are eligible in each Phase of the state vaccination plan - https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine
Please do NOT call Falmouth Health Department for Vaccine information
The Falmouth Health Department does not have any vaccine to distribute at this time and the Town is not taking any registrations for future vaccinations.
COVID-19 Confirmed Cases - February 19, 2021
As of this date:
1,142 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 were 3,162 tests performed in Falmouth for the 14-day period ending February 13, 2021 of which 60 were positive, which represents a positive test rate of 1.9%.
Average Daily Incidence Rate per 100,000 for the 14-day period ending February 13th, 11.7.
Falmouth is in the Yellow category this week under the MA Department of Public Health Color Code system.
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.