COVID-19 Information Page
COVID cases in Provincetown, as of 8/4/21:
57 active cases, 224 cleared from isolation
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and science available to CDC at the time, including a valuable public health partnership in rapid receipt and review of unpublished data.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."
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."
INDOOR MASK MANDATE!
COVID-19 Public Health Advisory upgraded to Mandate
Based upon review of current COVID-19 caseload and testing positivity rates, the Select Board, Board of Health and Barnstable County officials held an emergency meeting 7/25/21 and escalated from last week’s public health advisory to a public health mandate, adopting an indoor mask mandate in the Town of Provincetown. The Town Manager may enact further restrictions based on continued infection surveillance and monitoring of public health data, in consultation with local Health, the Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Face coverings are required for all workers and customers of indoor public spaces, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.
This is a masking mandate at all indoor restaurants, theater or performance venues, bars and dance floors, lodgings, fitness centers, retail and personal service shops, offices or other public facilities.
- Food service establishment customers may only remove face coverings when seated.
- Performance venue customers may only remove face coverings in the actual act of eating and drinking.
- Indoor bar and dance venue customers may only remove face coverings when seated at tables or seated at a bar. Patrons standing or ordering at the bar must be masked. Guests must be masked on indoor dance floors.
- Lodging guests and workers are required to wear face coverings when inside hallways and common areas.
- Fitness Centers/Health Clubs workers, customers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings during fitness activity, including strenuous activity.
- Personal Services customers and workers are required to wear face coverings, except for skin or beard care that occurs on the face; the customer may temporarily remove the face covering but must immediately put the face covering back on for the remainder of the visit.
- 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.
Free testing and vaccines are available at the VMCC (2 Mayflower Street) daily from 10 am - 3 pm.
Massachusetts COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program
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: 11.10%
Number of tests in the last two weeks: 1694
Percent positivity: Percent positivity is calculated using molecular tests only.
Testing rate: 65,586.9 per 100,000 Provincetown residents
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.
Report date: 7/29/2021; Time period: 7/11/2021 to 7/24/2021.
[Health Department will revise with updates from the state dashboard on a weekly basis].
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COVID-19 Vaccines, Testing, and Services
Testing is an essential tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Testing will be conducted at Veterans Memorial Community Center parking lot located at 2 Mayflower Street, Provincetown (off Winslow Street) and will be available daily through August 21st from 10AM-3PM. COVID-19 testing at this site is free and does not require an appointment.
Free testing and vaccination are also available through Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) in Provincetown. Individuals seeking testing and/or vaccination can either call the OCHS Patient Access Center at (508) 905-2888 to schedule a test OR they can arrive at the Provincetown health center at 49 Harry Kemp Way and call from OUTSIDE: (508) 487-9395, ext. 1.
Assistance is available for residents and visitors who test positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine. See the Provincetown Health Department COVID-19 resources webpage for more information: http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/1316/Resources-during-the-State-of-Emergency.
Vaccination remains our strongest defense in preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Vaccination is available at the Veterans Memorial Community Center testing site. The site offers the two-shot Pfizer mRNA vaccine and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Vaccination is free, easy, and no appointment, ID, or insurance is required. The vaccination provider will return in 3-4 weeks to deliver 2nd doses for Pfizer vaccine recipients.
Barnstable County also holds weekly vaccine clinics on Thursdays between 10AM and 2PM at the Harborside 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 and walk-ins are welcome. Pfizer vaccine is offered to anyone 12+ while Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available for those who are 18+.
The vaccine is free, and you do not need insurance to be vaccinated. No appointment, identification, or insurance is required for vaccination at any of the sites mentioned in this advisory.
Other vaccination locations can be found at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.
The public is strongly encouraged to enable MassNotify on their smartphones. The service can be accessed through both Android and iPhone settings; it is NOT an application that can be obtained through an app store. This 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.
Additional Online Resources
Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Resources
MA DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page
MA DPH Multilingual COVID-19 Resources Information Page
Massachusetts Senator Julian Cyr’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page
Massachusetts COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program
It’s important to remember that while the COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be both safe and effective, vaccine breakthrough cases are normal and expected. COVID-19 is still present in our community and as such, people can still contract the virus. Fortunately, due to the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, severe illness is highly unlikely in those instances where vaccinated individuals are infected.
What can you do to protect yourself and others form COVID: If you are sick, stay home. If you have any respiratory symptoms, get tested.
Looking for the CDC's cleaning guidance? Click here.
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The Health Department maintains two webpages on local resources and activities. You can access them here or at the links on the left:
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 frequently touched objects including cell phones and surfaces.
- 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.
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.