Provincetown Sets New COVID Directives after Uptick in Cases

Monday July 19, 2021

Provincetown
Provincetown  (Source:Getty Images)

After an uptick in COVID cases after the July 4 weekend, local officials in Provincetown have issued a new mask-wearing advisory, the Boston Globe reports.

"As of July 16, the town has reported 132 confirmed positive cases to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the advisory said. Of those cases, 89 are Massachusetts residents, 39 of whom live in Barnstable County," writes the Globe.

MassLive.com reports: "Health officials strongly advise Provincetown locals, businesses and visitors to: Get tested, stay home from work if they're feeling sick, avoid crowded venues and wear masks when indoors.

"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," the health officials said in the statement.

Crowded venues where social distancing is not probable are highly encouraged to check guests' vaccination certificates before entrance.

The COVID case investigation is still ongoing, "and the numbers are likely to change as the situation evolves," the health officials said in statement.

"Ninety-three percent of the cases were detected in males, Vaira Harik, Barnstable County's deputy director of the Department of Human Services said at the meeting, and the median age is 35, with cases detected in ages ranging from people 20 to 70 years old. Seventy-three percent of the 132 cases that have been reported through Friday are symptomatic, Harik said, and the majority of the symptoms are mild," adds the Boston Globe.

"The town's rise in cases has been declared a 'cluster' by the Department of Public Health, and officials have found that 'exposure opportunities were widespread in Provincetown, not focused on a single activity or venue,' Harik said."

Cape Cod Democratic State Sen. Julian Cyr  (Source: Facebook)

In an earlier MassLive.com report, Cape Cod Democratic State Sen. Julian Cyr said that "Provincetown has the highest vaccination rate in the state," Cyr said, noting 114% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.

The majority of these new cases are from fully vaccinated individuals, "all of whom followed CDC guidelines," Cyr said.

"The senator doesn't want the spike to deter people from visiting the seaside Cape Cod town, reiterating that the majority of Provincetown's residents are fully vaccinated," writes MassLive.com

"This isn't our first pandemic," Cyr said referring to the AIDS epidemic that impacted the community. He said residents have been paying close attention to CDC guidelines since the start of the pandemic.


"I wouldn't be surprised if you started testing and looking for COVID, you would find it in any sort of busy place," said Cyr.