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Resident dies at West Yarmouth nursing home hit by COVID-19 surge

Cape Cod Times - 7/24/2021

Jul. 24—One of the COVID-19 deaths recorded over the past week in Barnstable County was a resident at a West Yarmouth nursing home hard-hit by a surge in the disease, according to Yarmouth Health Director Bruce G. Murphy.

The resident contracted the disease during a recent outbreak at Maplewood at Mayflower Place, Murphy said Friday. She had preexisting health conditions and died Thursday, he said. He did not give her age.

Nine employees and 24 residents have contracted COVID-19 at Maplewood at Mayflower Place, most of them were asymptomatic or mild cases, according to the state Department of Public Health. Earlier this week, an official with the state agency said six nursing homes in the state had new COVID-19 cases recently

This week the DPH announced that all unvaccinated employees at Barnstable County nursing homes would be required to take rapid tests at the beginning of their shifts.

The Cape has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Two new deaths caused by COVID-19 were reported in Barnstable County over the last week, according to the DPH on Thursday.

Cases related to COVID-19 have been spreading in Provincetown, leaping from 132 on Monday to 256 on Tuesday, a situation that has closed or affected dozens of businesses and their policies. Ken Horgan, owner and general manager of the Pilgrim House in Provincetown, created waves this week when he said: "If you're not vaccinated, don't come here. We don't want you here."

The state Department of Public Health said in its daily report Thursday that Massachusetts had 477 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 30 on the Cape. A total of 473 people with COVID-19 have died on Cape Cod since the pandemic began.

The Cape has recorded 14,199 cases since March 2020, the DPH reported. Public health officials said that as of Wednesday, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis had four coronavirus patients, with none in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital had four patients with none in intensive care.


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