COVID-19 Information Page
COVID-19 RAPID TESTS for RESIDENTS: Tueday, January 18th in the Town Hall Auditorium from 2-4 PM (no early birds, no reservations) on a first come first served basis, while limited supplies last:
- The 4 Outer Cape Towns have jointly purchased 15,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to distribute this week
- Provincetown’s portion of 2,000 kits (4,000 tests) will be offered with proof of residency, 1 box (2 tests) per person or 2 boxes (4 tests) for a household
Antigen tests can be used regardless of symptoms or vaccination status, but they must be used properly. See vimeo.com/659015708 for instructional video!
- Many test kits, such as those procured for the Outer Cape are packaged with 2 tests per kit.
- This is to advance the serial testing strategy of testing with higher frequency, with at least 24 hours but no more than 36 hours between each test.
If you test positive, you should isolate and inform your healthcare provider, as well as any close contacts.
- Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must stay home for 5 days.
- If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved after 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
- For more isolation/quarantine information, see https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html
Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should stay away from others, seek testing, and contact their healthcare provider. For clinical COVID-19 testing locally, call Outer Cape Health Services, 508-905-2888.
- OCHS Provincetown makes appointments on Mon. Wed. and Fri., 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.
- OCHS Wellfleet makes appointments for Tu. and Th., 10 am - 11 am.
Local Stop the Spread Site: Starting January 13, 2022 through March, there will be weekly COVID-19 PCR testing in the Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday’s from 10 AM to 2 PM. You do not need an appointment for these tests; it will be walk-in, first come first serve. Folks needing ADA access may use the rear entrance from Bradford Street and the elevator. All others use the front lobby stairs designated as clinic access. Out of town folks should plan to park in one of the municipal lots and walk to Town Hall as we do not have parking associated with the test site.
Orleans DPW: Barnstable County continues to offer free PCR testing at the Orleans DPW on Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. Click here to schedule.
Stop the Spread Testing Site at Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis: This drive-through site will offer free PCR testing on Mondays, 9 AM to 1 PM; Tuesdays, 1 PM to 6 PM; and Wednesdays, 9 AM to 1 PM. Click here to register.
12/29/21: The MA Department of Public Health is adopting updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding isolation and quarantine periods for the general population, effective immediately. This shortens the recommended time for isolation and quarantine for people with COVID-19 from 10 days to 5 days if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.
· If you test positive, you should isolate and inform your healthcare provider, as well as any close contacts. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must stay home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved after 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
- If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, if you are a close contact, quarantine for 5 days IF you are unvaccinated (or it has been over six months since your last dose). Test on day 5 if possible. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If you are a close contact and recently vaccinated, wear a mask around others for 10 days. Test on day 5, if possible. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
Update to use of COVID-19 at-home tests: How to use iHealth tests.
COVID-19 at-home tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests are one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Consider using a self-test before joining indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household.
- A negative self-test result means that the test did not detect the virus and you may not have an infection, but it does not rule out infection. Repeating the test within a few days, with at least 24 hours between tests, will increase the confidence that you are not infected.
Cape Cod Hospital Community Testing: Call the Community Testing Line at 508-534-7103 to be scheduled for an appointment for drive-through testing on the campus of Cape Cod Hospital or Falmouth Hospital. Test results are currently available within 24 hours. For asymptomatic individuals seeking community testing to monitor their health, the out-of-pocket cost is $75. Accommodations will be made for those unable to pay, as no one seeking testing will be turned away. For individuals seeking community testing due to travel, the out-of-pocket cost is $110.
Effective 12/21/21, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces in town. This decision is based on an abundance of caution and monitoring an uptick in case counts locally and hospital capacities in the region. Adults are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter certain indoor spaces: indoor dining including bars and nightclubs, indoor fitness and indoor entertainment venues. Forms of acceptable proof include:
- a CDC vaccination card
- a digital image of your CDC card
- an image of any official immunization record, or
- any other COVID vaccine verification app.
Employees working in those spaces will also be required to be vaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated will have a short grace period to complete vaccination, first dose by Jan. 15 and second by Feb. 15, 2022. Covered businesses are responsible for checking proof of vaccination and posting a notice about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
Looking for Provincetown's COVID-19 statistics?
The State maintains an interactive dashboard that is regularly updated with information on case counts, vaccination records, and hospitalizations. You can click on 'City & Town Data' on the left column, hover over any town for the most current posted case information.
Percent positivity is calculated using molecular tests only.
Provincetown percent positivity: 13.10%
Number of tests in the last two weeks: 290.
Testing rate: 11,228 per 100,000 Provincetown residents
Report date: 1/13/22; Time period: 12/26/21 - 1/8/22.
COVID cases in Provincetown, as of 1/14/22: 10 (compared to 26 reported on 1/7/22); under new isolation guidance, there are an additional 48 cases in the post-5 days case management phase, masking for an additional 5 days.
MassNotify: The public is strongly encouraged to enable MassNotify on their smartphones. The service can be accessed through both Android and iPhone settings. This is a private and anonymous service notifies users of a potential exposure to COVID-19 so they may take the appropriate precautions. For more information and instructions on enabling MassNotify on your smartphone, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/learn-more-about-massnotify.
Provincetown Health Department and the Barnstable County Public Health Nursing program are pleased to announce this local COVID vaccine clinic, Tuesday January 25th at the Veterans Memorial Community Center (2 Mayflower Street, Provincetown), from 1 – 4 pm. Any eligible pediatric, primary series, or boosters are available – REGISTER HERE: Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (barnstablecountyhealth.org)
The application will ask whether you are seeking your first or second dose of a vaccine (and which manufacturer) and a few questions to determine that you are eligible, based on what vaccination phase the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is currently in. If you are eligible, you’ll be able to make an appointment.
On January 5, CDC endorsed updated recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the prevention of COVID-19: people 12-17 years old are recommended to receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17 years old. To view more information from the CDC, please click here.
· Outer Cape Health Services offers booster shots by appointment only. Call 508-487-9395 to schedule an appointment.
· CVS Pharmacy offers booster shots by appointment only. Go to cvs.com to schedule an appointment.
Cape Cod Community College: The Massachusetts Department of Health has partnered with Cape Cod Community College to offer residents and visitors COVID-19 vaccination clinics three days a week on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This clinic serves everyone 5+ and provides primary series vaccinations and boosters from all three manufacturers. Hours are Sundays, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Tuesdays, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Thursdays, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Click here to register.
Barnstable County continues to offer its weekly vaccine clinics at the Harborview Conference Room in the Barnstable County Complex. This clinic serves everyone 5+ and provides primary series vaccinations and boosters from all three manufacturers. Hours are Wednesdays 10 AM to 4 PM, with pediatric vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 are scheduled between 2 PM and 4 PM. Click here to register.
For additional vaccination sites, including local pharmacies, please visit www.vaxfinder.ma.gov.
Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
1/10/22: MA announced a tool that gives residents a new way to access their COVID-19 digital vaccine card and vaccination history. The new tool, My Vax Records, allows people who received their vaccination in Massachusetts to generate a COVID-19 digital vaccine card, which would contain similar vaccination information to a paper CDC card, utilizing the SMART Health Card platform, generating a QR code that can be used to verify vaccination. Access the new tool at MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov.
How It Works: Enter name, date of birth, and mobile phone number or email associated with your vaccine record. After creating a 4-digit PIN, the user receives a link to their vaccine record that will open upon re-entry of the PIN. The electronic record shows the same information as a paper CDC vaccine card: name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer. The system uses Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), the official database used by health care providers across the state to record vaccination information.
It also includes a QR code that makes these same details readable by a QR scanner, including smartphone apps. Once the SMART Health Card is received, users are able to save the QR code to their phone, such as the Apple Wallet, screenshot the information and save it to their phone’s photos, or print out a copy for a paper record. The system follows national standards for security and privacy.
This system provides an optional way that residents can access their vaccination information and a COVID-19 digital vaccine card. This will provide residents with another tool to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, where requested by businesses or other entities.