COVID-19 Information Page
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. Results from at-home rapid tests are not reported into the state platform as lab results are.
Provincetown percent positivity: 0.00% (compared to 0.83% reported 6/16/22). Report date: 6/23/22; Time period: 6/5 - 6/18/22.
Current lab reported COVID cases in Provincetown = 4 as of 6/23/22.
Self-reported cases for the week ending 6/24/22: 0 (This data is voluntarily reported positive at-home rapid tests summited through the online form without identifying information or the case management associated with lab-reported PCR case counts).
PROVINCETOWN HEALTH DEPARTMENT is offering an adult COVID booster vaccine clinic here Wednesday 6/29/22 in the Town Hall auditorium, from 2 – 4 pm.
Pre-registration is required. Here is the link to register: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/barnstable
For questions about booster eligibility and timing, this is the CDC resource:
Non-resident travelers, including the seasonal workers from abroad entering the U.S., are subject to CDC travel guidelines, found here. See Before You Travel to the United States for further guidance.
MA Department of Public Health’s new masking guidance recognizes that Massachusetts is a national leader in vaccination rates with over 84 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated and over half of adults boosted, and in light of recent improvements in COVID-19 indicators, effective July 1, 2022, the new guidance advises that masks indoors are optional for most individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
Individuals should wear a mask indoors if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system or is at increased risk for severe disease
CDC mask guidance is based on the new COVID-19 Community Level framework. This is a measure that takes into consideration COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity, and cases within a community. Where the level of COVID-19 is higher, more prevention measures (like masking) are recommended to keep people healthy and limit strain on the local health care system. The CDC recommends masking when your community risk level is “High” COVID-19. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. 6/12/22: The current CDC risk level for Barnstable County = LOW.
.Mask Requirements in Certain Locations: Masks continue to be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in healthcare / congregate care facilities (physician or dental offices, urgent care or community health centers, vaccine sites, nursing homes, assisted living facilities); emergency shelters; and home health care/personal care attendants.
Many local businesses will continue to have an indoor mask requirement and require proof of vaccine for entry. Individual businesses and organizations reserve the right to require masks in indoor spaces and vaccination, under the voluntary Business Certifications - Stop the Spread program.
COVID VACCINE INFORMATION: June 19, 2022 UPDATE: Massachusetts children ages 6 months to 4 years old are now eligible to receive the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The Department of Public Health is still urging people to get vaccinated and boosted, noting that vaccination remains the most effective protection against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. March 31, 2022 UPDATE: all residents aged 50 and older or individuals who are younger with certain medical conditions may now access a second COVID-19 booster, at least 4 months after the first booster. Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
CVS Pharmacy offers booster shots by appointment only. Go to cvs.com to schedule an appointment.
For additional vaccination sites, including local pharmacies, please visit www.vaxfinder.ma.gov.
The Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet Health Departments are launching an online COVID At Home Test reporting tool to help the Outer Cape Health Departments better understand how many people have a positive COVID-19 test to learn how the virus is spreading in our communities. Results are confidential and anonymous and will only be used by Health Department staff for public health surveillance efforts.
If you currently reside or have been in Provincetown, Truro, or Wellfleet during the past 14 days and have tested positive for COVID-19 using a home test kit (e.g., BinaxNOW, iHealth, QuickVue), please submit the following online form . To avoid duplication of test results, please do not report results of PCR testing that you have completed at healthcare or testing sites.
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.
Why Provincetown's low COVID case counts are not reflective of the town's high COVID risk level? The case counts below list people residing in Provincetown who have a positive PCR test performed in a clinic; the "official" case counts do not include those with positive home rapid antigen tests. As most testing in town is now with home rapid antigen tests, we no longer have official case count numbers that reflect the number of people in Provincetown with COVID. The Outer Cape Health Departments receive only voluntary self-reporting of rapid test results through the online form, used as a surveillance tool. June 17, 2022 UPDATE: Barnstable County's current CDC risk level is LOW.
What can be used instead of COVID case counts to assess the risk of COVID exposure in Provincetown? The PCR test positive rate (number of tests that are positive out of all tests) is useful as well as the Provincetown wastewater COVID levels that continue to be followed. These currently place Provincetown at medium COVID risk, consistent with most of Massachusetts.
On a county level, the number of people admitted to the hospital with COVID and percent of hospital beds occupied with people who have COVID are used in addition to the number of people testing positive.
What are the CDC recommended actions for people living in a community with high COVID transmission risk?
• Stay current with vaccinations, including boosters
• Wear a mask when indoors in public places
• Test if you have symptoms
• If you are immunocompromised or are at risk of more severe disease, wear a well fitted mask in public and consider avoiding indoor public spaces.
• Test early with any symptoms and notify your health care provider immediately if you test positive. You may be eligible for newer medications that decrease severe disease and work best if started early.
Individuals who have tested positive must follow the isolation and quarantine guidance: inform your healthcare provider as well as any close contacts and wear a mask in public for 5 more days after leaving isolation or quarantine on day 5, regardless of vaccination status.
Free telehealth for COVID-19 treatment with Paxlovid for MA residents 18+ who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms. Treatment must begin as soon as possible after testing positive and within 5 days of symptom onset.
You may be eligible if you have certain medical conditions that put you at higher risk for severe disease, or are over age 65. If you’re eligible for Paxlovid, you’ll be connected with a clinician for a video consultation within 30 minutes. The service is available in four languages.
1/10/22: MA announces a new tool, My Vax Records, allowing 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.
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.