COVID-19 Information Page
Looking for Provincetown's COVID-19 statistics?
Percent positivity is calculated using molecular tests only.
Provincetown percent positivity: 0.51%
Number of tests in the last two weeks: 196. Testing rate: 7588.6 per 100,000 Provincetown residents
COVID cases in Provincetown, as of 12/2/21: 3 active cases
COVID-19 Molecular Test: The most common kind of molecular test is a PCR test. This diagnostic test identifies the presence of virus’s genetic material. These tests are very accurate and a positive result means someone has a current COVID-19 infection.
11/29/21: News broke of an additional COVID-19 Variant of Concern named Omicron. This variant has a relatively high number of mutations to parts of the virus which concerns virologists in terms of the variant’s transmissibility (how readily it spreads) and virulence (how sick it makes the patient). Efforts are being made to study this variant to determine if existing vaccines will be as effective against it as they have been against other variants. As with all previous variants, the mitigation efforts of masking, hand hygiene, and physical distancing, along with vaccination, are necessary to mute the impact of this disease.
Updated guidance on masking in Provincetown: We have shifted from a mandate to a public health advisory as of Tuesday August 31:
During the advisory, we will continue to do the following:
- Monitor active cases
- Monitor the positivity rate as reported by the Department of Public Health
- Monitor and publish weekly wastewater results
- Ensure that testing is available after Labor Day
- Consider reenacting the indoor mask mandate if deemed necessary by the data
- Make vaccination a priority - including first, second, and third doses.
A public health advisory, while not a mandate, is a recommendation from public health officials that masking continue in indoor spaces when not eating or drinking.
- Masks are advised indoors where social distancing cannot be achieved.
- All unvaccinated individuals, including children under the age of 12, are required to wear masks both outdoors in crowded areas where social distancing cannot be achieved and in public indoor spaces, per CDC guidelines.
- Masks remain mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.
Effective 11/19/21 CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots to All Adults: boosters at least six months after the second dose is recommended for all adults ages 18+ who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Years old. Locally, pediatric practices and Outer Cape Health Services are supplied to provide vaccine to patients. See Mass.gov VaxFinder to find a location.
Effective 8/13/21, CDC recommends that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna at least 28 days after the completion of the initial COVID-19 vaccine series.
All people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are recommended to get a booster shot if it has been at least 2 months since their primary dose.
To view more information from the CDC, please click here.
WHERE AND HOW TO GET A VACCINE BOOSTER IN PROVINCETOWN:
- 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.
Barnstable County also holds weekly vaccine clinics on Thursdays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the Harborview Conference Room at the Barnstable County Complex in Barnstable Village. The clinics are free and open to everyone. Appointments can be made in advance at www.barnstablecountyhealth.org . Pfizer vaccine is offered to anyone 12+ while Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are available for those who are 18+. Identification and insurance are not required for vaccination.
Other vaccination locations can be found at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.
Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
Provincetown Health Department has BINAX rapid kits for COVID-19 screening available to the public. If you are interested in health surveillance or may have had a close contact, test kits may be picked up during regular business hours (Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Friday, 8:30 – 11:45 am) at the Department of Community Development front desk (Ryder Street entrance).
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a POSITIVE rapid test result is advised to self-isolate and seek PCR confirmatory testing.
To receive a COVID test at Outer Cape Health Services, call 508-905-2888. Testing sites and hours for prescheduled appointments are intended for individuals who are presenting symptoms or may have had contact with a COVID-positive individual.
· OCHS Provincetown Health Center, 49 Harry Kemp Way: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
· OCHS Wellfleet Health Center, 3130 State Highway Route 6: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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.
See Updated MA Department of Public Health mask advisory here:
"Effective July 30: The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals are advised to wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) 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, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is an unvaccinated adult. Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings."
See Updated CDC Advisory here :
"On July 27th, CDC updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people, recommending that everyone wear a mask in indoor public settings in areas of substantial and high transmission, regardless of vaccination status. This decision was made with the data and science available to CDC at the time, including a valuable public health partnership in rapid receipt and review of unpublished data.
Delta infection resulted in similarly high SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in vaccinated and unvaccinated people. High viral loads suggest an increased risk of transmission and raised concern that, unlike with other variants, vaccinated people infected with Delta can transmit the virus.
This outbreak investigation and the published report were a collaboration between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC ... [with gratitude for] the residents of Barnstable County who leaned in to assist with the investigation through their swift participation in interviews by contact tracers, willingness to provide samples for testing, and adherence to safety protocols following notification of exposure."