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Category: Public Health Advisories

3/17/22 | Health Officials Emphasize Continued Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination, Boosters, and Testing

March 17, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) – While Barnstable County continues to experience an overall decline in COVID-19 case numbers as reported by the MA Department of Public Health, officials advise that […]

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1/6/22 | Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment Issues Advisory As COVID-19 Cases Continue Post-Holiday Surge

Recent COVID-19 PCR test results at County test sites and at Cape Cod Healthcare are showing percentage positivity of 20% and higher. January 6, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) – Barnstable County continues to […]

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12/21/21 | Mask Advisory Issued for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated MA Residents

Effective December 21, 2021: In response to the spread of the Delta variant and the emerging Omicron variant, the Department of Public Health now advises that all residents, regardless of vaccination […]

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7/30/21 | CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

In July 2021, following multiple large public events in a Barnstable County, Massachusetts, town, 469 COVID-19 cases were identified among Massachusetts residents who had traveled to the town during July 3–17; 346 (74%) occurred in fully vaccinated persons. Testing identified the Delta variant in 90% of specimens from 133 patients. Cycle threshold values were similar among specimens from patients who were fully vaccinated and those who were not.

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7/30/2021 | Update: COVID-19 Cluster in Provincetown

The Provincetown Select Board, Provincetown Board of Health and Barnstable County officials continue to closely monitor the cluster of COVID-19 cases that prompted officials to issue a public health advisory on July 19, which was then escalated to a town-wide public health mandate on July 26.

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7/27/2021 | Provincetown’s Continued Response to COVID-19 Cases

Based upon review of current COVID-19 caseload and testing positivity rates, the Provincetown Select Board, Provincetown Board of Health and Barnstable County officials held an emergency meeting July 25 and escalated last week’s public health advisory to a public health mandate.

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7/24/2021 | Provincetown’s Continued Response to COVID-19 Cases

Provincetown continues to work closely with county and state health officials to track and respond to the evolving COVID-19 cluster. Expanded testing and vaccination will continue through July 30th and have thus far proved to be vital tools in the response effort as participation numbers increase daily.

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July 23, 2021 | Delta Variant Detected in Provincetown Cluster

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that genetic sequencing of initial samples associated with the recent COVID-19 cluster in Provincetown tested positive for the Delta variant. The total number of cases among vaccinated people in Massachusetts remains extremely low, at 0.1% or 5,166 cases out of over 4.3 million fully vaccinated residents, and nearly all of these cases do not result in hospitalization or death.

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July 19, 2021 | Provincetown Residents and Visitors Urged to Take Precautions Due to Uptick of COVID-19 Cases (Updated with Spanish & Portuguese Versions July 22, 2021)

Following the 4th of July weekend, there was an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Provincetown in addition to individuals reporting COVID-like symptoms. COVID-19 infection has occurred in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. As of Friday July 16, 132 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 had been officially reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health associated with the Provincetown cases. Of these cases, 89 are Massachusetts residents, 39 of which reside in Barnstable County. The remainder of individuals who tested positive reside in other states or jurisdictions outside of Massachusetts. Case investigation is ongoing, and the numbers are likely to change as the situation evolves.

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