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RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CASES IN PROVINCETOWN ONGOING

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Testing Dates Extended; Vaccination Made Available at Testing Site

PROVINCETOWN, MA – Municipal and County officials continue to coordinate closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the region’s legislative delegation to address COVID-19 cases in Provincetown. Access to safe and reliable COVID-19 testing in Provincetown has been extended through Friday, July 23. Vaccination will also be available at the testing site starting Monday, July 19.  

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:   

  • Saturday, July 17, 10AM-3PM  
  • Sunday, July 18, 10AM-3PM    
  • Monday, July 19, 10AM-3PM 

NEW — Tuesday, July 20, 10AM-3PM 

NEW — Wednesday, July 21, 10AM-3PM 

NEW — Thursday, July 22, 10AM-3PM 

NEW — Friday, July 23, 10AM-3PM 
 

Testing is recommended for individuals experiencing symptoms. Local officials also encourage testing for anyone who has had a close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, recognizing that this is a stricter recommendation than current CDC guidance. 

Vaccination will also be available at the Veterans Memorial Community Center testing site beginning Monday, July 19.  The site will offer the two-shot Pfizer mRNA vaccine and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Vaccination does not require an appointment and is free of charge and all unvaccinated individuals are welcome. We strongly encourage all who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. 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. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public advises all unvaccinated individuals to continue to wear masks in indoor settings and when they cannot socially distance. The public is urged to practice good hygiene, including hand washing, and follow public health best practices.  

Assistance is available for residents and visitors who test positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine. See the Provincetown Health Department resources webpage for information and further assistance.  

The Town of Provincetown, Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, Outer Cape Health Services, state Representative Sarah Peake, and state Senator Julian Cyr continue to actively monitor recent cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Provincetown, in close coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the COVID-19 Command Center.  

A joint meeting of the Provincetown Select Board and the Provincetown Board of Health is scheduled for Monday, July 17 at 10:00AM to review the latest information and discuss possible action steps. Representatives from Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment will join the meeting. 

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 the vaccines are working as predicted. Health officials expect to continue to see some 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 addition to the mobile testing options discussed, COVID-19 testing and vaccination remains available at Outer Cape Health Services’ location in Provincetown. Individuals seeking testing and/or vaccination 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    

Provincetown has among the highest vaccination rates in the Commonwealth, with nearly all the eligible population age 12 and older in Provincetown having been fully vaccinated. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 114% of the eligible population in Provincetown has been fully vaccinated. More people reported Provincetown as their residence upon receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations than the official population count for this community, reflecting a percentage above one hundred.   

Additional information about testing elsewhere in the region can be found on the Barnstable County website.  

Please direct press inquiries to Senator Julian Cyr, who is serving as public information officer for the response, via julian.cyr@masenate.gov.   

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from   

Town of Provincetown   

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment   

Outer Cape Health Services   

Honorable Sarah Peake, State Representative   

Honorable Julian Cyr, State Senator