COVID-19 Information Page
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.
MA Department of Public Health’s new masking guidance advises unvaccinated individuals to continue to wear a face covering or mask, and anyone with a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition, or who lives with someone meeting those criteria should wear a mask or face covering when indoors.
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. 5/19/22: The current CDC risk level for Barnstable County = HIGH, reported at this level since 5/5/22.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID TEST INFORMATION: Provincetown Health Department has COVID-19 rapid tests to distribute to residents and businesses while limited supplies last, offered at the Department of Community Developments front desk (Ryder Street entrance to Town Hall) during business hours. These tests typically deliver results in 15 minutes.
You can order at-home rapid tests online: https://www.covidtests.gov/
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. Barnstable County offers limited testing clinics.
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; the case counts do not count those with positive home rapid antigen tests. As most testing in town is now with home rapid antigen tests, we no longer have case count numbers that reflect the number of people in Provincetown with COVID.
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 high 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.
Barnstable County is currently at a High risk level as assessed by the CDC.
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.
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: 4.65% (compared to 0.61% reported 5/19/22). Report date: 5/26/22; Time period: 5/8 - 5/21/22.
Current lab reported COVID cases in Provincetown = 2 as of 5/26/22, for a total of 7 PCR cases for the month of May, to date.
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.
COVID VACCINE INFORMATION: 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
Outer Cape Health Services offers vaccines/booster shots by appointment only. Call 508-487-9395 to schedule an appointment.
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.