COVID-19 Information Page
Click here for the Town’s COVID-19 page, including case reports.
Sign up for emergency alerts, including a weekly COVID-19 update group here.
Click here for Barnstable County vaccine information and here for phased vaccine roll-out plan. Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment runs a regionwide helpline phone number to answer COVID-related questions Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-774-330-3001.
Click here for the Provincetown COVID-19 Resource Guide.
The Health Department maintains two webpages on local resources and activities. You can access them here or at the links on the left:
Access the Health Department’s press releases here.
Provincetown follows the state’s guidelines and advisories, except where noted in the Joint Order of the Select Board and Board of Health.
Sex and COVID-19: Stay home and minimize contact with others to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is important during this pandemic that you practice safer sex in new ways. Here are some tips for how to enjoy sex and avoid spreading COVID-19.
Here is the Massachusetts COVID-19 State of Emergency webpage with all updates, emergency orders, and State Guidance.
Below are some helpful links to the state’s pages on:
- Travel Advisory
- Re-opening and Sector-specific guidelines for the safety standards and checklists all businesses must self-certify in order to be open*
*Links below for the documents that are required to be posted:
These documents must be available upon request or inspection and operators are responsible for ensuring compliance with these safety standards and checklists.
Call 2-1-1 anywhere in Massachusetts to get real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages.
You may also sign up for COVID-19 related text alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777.
The Massachusetts Nursing Home Family Resource Line is 617-660-5399. It is open every day from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Prevention and Testing
How to Protect Yourself
National and international health organizations maintain the most up-to-date information on how to protect yourself from the virus, like the World Health Organization (WHO) information here and the CDC’s information here. The basics include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your nose, or mouth. People do this all day long unconsciously – try to be mindful of the urge and hold back.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects including cell phones and surfaces using an EPA-approved household cleaning spray or wipe (the EPA has a list of disinfectants on their website).
- Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands. Use your clothes/elbow only if there are no tissues. Still wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Call Outer Cape Health Services at 508-905-2888 for screening and to make an appointment to get tested. For more information about Outer Cape Health Services’ COVID-19 testing procedures, click here.
The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment maintains a resource of testing sites on Cape Cod.
Residents of Massachusetts may also be screened for free using Buoy Health’s online 24/7 tool. Visit Buoy.com/mass to learn more and use the tool.
If You Have COVID-19
You must remain in isolation until a public health authority (the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or your local Board of Health) tells you can leave your home. Do not leave your home except for urgent medical care, and call ahead before you seek medical care. The CDC has guidance on what to do if you have contracted COVID-19, and your local public health staff will also provide you with guidance specific to your situation.
Links to Helpful Resources:
- Cleaning Information for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the CDC
- The World Health Organization(WHO) has many helpful resources including:
- From the CDC:
- From MA Department of Public Health:
- Tips for Restaurants (from ServSafe)
At the present, the Provincetown Health Department has the following responsibilities:
- Promote accurate information about COVID-19 to the public.
- The Provincetown Health Department coordinates with public health nurses on COVID-19 case follow-up, investigation, and advising cases on self-isolation measures.
- The Provincetown Health Department contacts cases regularly to ensure basic needs are met.
- Public health nurses and Provincetown Health Department staff ensure that cases are aware of proper prevention measures for their home, and the protocol of calling ahead and identifying themselves as symptomatic or under self-quarantine should they need medical care.