PROVINCETOWN, MA – Officials with the Town of Provincetown, Outer Cape Health Services, Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, state Representative Sarah Peake, and state Senator Julian Cyr are actively monitoring recent cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Provincetown, in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The positive cases were identified in individuals presenting with mild respiratory symptoms and were tested for COVID-19.
Overwhelmingly, the affected individuals have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The moderate intensity of symptoms indicates that the vaccines are working as predicted. Provincetown has among the highest vaccination rates in the Commonwealth, with 114% of the eligible population age 12 and older in Provincetown having been fully vaccinated. Health officials expect to continue to see a low level of positive cases through the summer in a community such as Provincetown with a seasonal population of approximately 60,000. As we enter a new phase of living with the virus, vaccination remains our strongest defense in preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
In response, town, county, and state officials are working to expand access to testing in Provincetown immediately. By appointment COVID-19 testing has been available at Outer Cape Health Services’ location in Provincetown continuously. Understanding that any report of new cases will prompt an increase demand for testing, additional testing resources from the Commonwealth will be available in Provincetown later this week. Details below:
- Mobile COVID-19 testing will be at the Veterans Memorial Community Center parking lot located at 2 Mayflower Street, Provincetown, off of Winslow Street.
Testing does not require an appointment and is free of charge. Testing will be available on:
- Wednesday, July 14, 10AM-2PM
- Thursday, July 15, 10AM-3PM
- Friday, July 16, 10AM-3PM
- Saturday, July 17, 10AM-3PM
- Sunday, July 18, 10AM-3PM
- Monday, July 19, 10AM-3PM
- COVID-19 testing remains available at Outer Cape Health Services’ location in Provincetown. Individuals seeking testing can either call the Outer Cape Health Services 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
We strongly encourage all who are eligible to be vaccinated. The vaccines are highly effective against primary infection, including the Delta variant. The mildness of symptoms among these cases is proof that the vaccines are working. A mobile vaccination unit called the VaxExpress is scheduled to be in Provincetown on Thursday, July 15. Vaccination is free of charge and all unvaccinated individuals are welcome.
- Mobile COVID-19 vaccination will be at the Municipal Parking Lot/Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Bus stop between Lopes Square and Ryder Street Extension on Thursday, July 15, 8:30AM – 5:30PM.
Additional information about testing elsewhere in the region can be found on the Barnstable County website at: https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/covid-19/latest-updates-and-info
Please direct further press inquiries to Senator Julian Cyr, who is serving as public information officer for the response, via email@example.com.