Provincetown COVID-19 cluster grows as town manager now reports 256 cases

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — Provincetown’s town manager announced Wednesday that a cluster of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the town has climbed to 256 cases as of Tuesday, July 20. Those cases are an increase from the 132 initially reported Monday.

Of the 256 confirmed cases associated with the Provincetown cluster, 190 are among Massachusetts residents, 109 of whom live in Barnstable County.

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More than 3,000 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the town since July 1, Town Manager Alex Morse wrote Wednesday, adding that anyone experiencing mild symptoms or who encountered a COVID-19-positive person should get tested.

“Public health authorities continue to strongly urge Provincetown’s residents, local businesses, and visitors to follow the precautions outlined in the advisory released Monday, July 19 regardless of vaccination status,” Morse added in his post Wednesday.

Town officials issued a new mask advisory Monday that encourages people to wear masks indoors when social distancing isn’t possible, regardless of vaccination status. The measure also urges venues to enforce vaccine verification.

Free testing and vaccinations are currently available to everyone on a daily basis in Provincetown.

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“COVID-19 testing continues to be conducted at Veterans Memorial Community Center parking lot located at 2 Mayflower Street, Provincetown (off Winslow Street). Testing has been extended through Friday, July 30 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. COVID-19 testing is free and does not require an appointment,” Morse wrote.

“Vaccination is also available at the Veterans Memorial Community Center testing site through July 30. The site offers the two-shot Pfizer mRNA vaccine and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Vaccination is free, easy, and no appointment, ID, or insurance is required.

“In addition to the mobile testing options, COVID-19 testing and vaccination remains available at Outer Cape Health Services’ location in Provincetown.”

Anyone who has traveled to Provincetown since July 1 is being asked to get tested at least five days after returning. The travel guidance also asks recent visitors to self-isolate and avoid gatherings for at least five days and until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

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