COVID-19 Information Page
Looking for Provincetown's COVID-19 statistics?
Percent positivity is calculated using molecular tests only.
Provincetown percent positivity: 1.36% (Down from 1.6% reported 9/30/21)
Number of tests in the last two weeks: 221. Testing rate: 8556.5 per 100,000 Provincetown residents
COVID cases in Provincetown, as of 10/8/21: 3 active cases
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.
Updated guidance on masking in Provincetown: We have shifted from a mandate to a public health advisory as of Tuesday August 31:
During the advisory, we will continue to do the following:
- Monitor active cases
- Monitor the positivity rate as reported by the Department of Public Health
- Monitor and publish weekly wastewater results
- Ensure that testing is available after Labor Day
- Consider reenacting the indoor mask mandate if deemed necessary by the data
- Make vaccination a priority - including first, second, and third doses.
A public health advisory, while not a mandate, is a recommendation from public health officials that masking continue in indoor spaces when not eating or drinking.
- Masks are advised indoors where social distancing cannot be achieved.
- 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.
COVID-19 Vaccination: In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster is now available to individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine. These residents are eligible to receive their Pfizer booster shot at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer COVID-19 Booster shots are now available to:
- Individuals 65 years of age and older.
- Individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions as defined by the CDC.
- Individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings.
To view more information from the CDC, please click here.
If you are eligible, here are the steps to find a convenient location for getting a Pfizer COVID-19 Booster:
- Visit the Vaxfinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of hundreds of locations to receive a booster. Residents will be able to narrow results to search for locations that are offering boosters, with some appointments available now for booking. Additional appointments are expected to come online in the coming days. Many locations will be booking appointments out weeks in advance.
- For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts is available for assistance. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available to in approximately 100 additional languages.
Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
Individuals can check if they are eligible for a booster using the eligibility tool at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-booster-frequently-asked-questions#eligibility-
Barnstable County also holds weekly vaccine clinics on Thursdays between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the Harborview 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 and Moderna vaccines are available for those who are 18+. Identification and insurance are not required for vaccination. Other vaccination locations can be found at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.
COVID-19 Testing: To receive a COVID test at Outer Cape Health Services, call 508-905-2888. Testing sites and hours for prescheduled appointments are intended for individuals who are presenting symptoms or may have had contact with a COVID-positive individual.
· OCHS Provincetown Health Center, 49 Harry Kemp Way: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
· OCHS Wellfleet Health Center, 3130 State Highway Route 6: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Town will also continue to distribute boxes of rapid tests to local businesses as needed. Businesses can visit the Community Development department at Town Hall to access these tests.
Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment opened a free COVID-19 testing clinic at the Eastham Police Department located at 2550 State Highway (Route 6), Tuesdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Anyone who is interested in getting this free COVID-19 test can make an appointment online at www.barnstablecountyhealth.org.
- Anyone who suspects they have been exposed to COVID-19 is urged to pursue testing.
- It’s important to note that the Delta variant, which is believed to be the predominant variant of COVID-19 in our region, typically tests positive between three to five days after exposure.
- Therefore, it is recommended that testing take place on day 4 following a suspected exposure.
- Questions regarding testing or test results may be directed to our COVID-19 testing line at 774-330-3002.
Cape Cod Hospital Community Testing: Call the Community Testing Line at 508-534-7103 to be scheduled for an appointment for drive-through testing on the campus of Cape Cod Hospital or Falmouth Hospital. Test results are currently available within 24 hours. For asymptomatic individuals seeking community testing to monitor their health, the out-of-pocket cost is $75. Accommodations will be made for those unable to pay, as no one seeking testing will be turned away. For individuals seeking community testing due to travel, the out-of-pocket cost is $110.
The Town will also continue to distribute boxes of rapid tests to local businesses as needed. Businesses can visit the Department of Community Development at Town Hall to pick up tests, Monday – Thursday, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
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."
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."