COVID-19 Information Page
Rapid At-home COVID Tests
Provincetown Health Department has COVID-19 rapid tests to distribute to residents and businesses in the community while limited supplies last, offered on TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Department of Community Developments front desk (Ryder Street entrance to Town Hall):
- 1 box (2 test) per individual
- 2 boxes (4 test) per household, or
- 3 boxes (6 tests) per business.
Order Rapid tests online: https://www.covidtests.gov/
If you test positive, you should isolate and inform your healthcare provider, as well as any close contacts.
Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should stay away from others, seek testing, and contact their healthcare provider. For clinical COVID-19 testing locally, call Outer Cape Health Services, 508-905-2888.
- OCHS Provincetown makes appointments on Mon. Wed. and Fri., 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.
- OCHS Wellfleet makes appointments for Tu. and Th., 10 am - 11 am.
Local Stop the Spread Site: There will be weekly COVID-19 PCR testing in the Town Hall Auditorium on Thursday’s from 10 AM to 2 PM through March, no appointment, walk-in first come first serve basis. Folks needing ADA access may use the rear entrance from Bradford Street and the elevator. All others use the front lobby stairs designated as clinic access. Out of town folks should plan to park in one of the municipal lots and walk to Town Hall as we do not have parking associated with the test site.
Orleans DPW: Barnstable County continues to offer free PCR testing at the Orleans DPW on Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. Click here to schedule.
12/29/21: The MA Department of Public Health adopts isolation/quarantine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
· If you test positive, you should isolate and inform your healthcare provider, as well as any close contacts. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must stay home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved after 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
- If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, if you are a close contact, quarantine for 5 days IF you are unvaccinated (or it has been over six months since your last dose). Test on day 5 if possible. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If you are a close contact and recently vaccinated, wear a mask around others for 10 days. Test on day 5, if possible. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
Effective 12/21/21, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces in town. This decision is based on an abundance of caution and monitoring an uptick in case counts locally and hospital capacities in the region. Adults are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter certain indoor spaces: indoor dining including bars and nightclubs, indoor fitness and indoor entertainment venues. Forms of acceptable proof include:
- a CDC vaccination card
- a digital image of your CDC card
- an image of any official immunization record, or
- any other COVID vaccine verification app.
Employees working in those spaces will also be required to be vaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated will have a short grace period to complete vaccination, first dose by Jan. 15 and second by Feb. 15, 2022. Covered businesses are responsible for checking proof of vaccination and posting a notice about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
MassNotify: The public is strongly encouraged to enable MassNotify on their smartphones. The service can be accessed through both Android and iPhone settings. This is a private and anonymous service notifies users of a potential exposure to COVID-19 so they may take the appropriate precautions. For more information and instructions on enabling MassNotify on your smartphone, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/learn-more-about-massnotify.
Looking for Provincetown's COVID-19 statistics?
The State maintains an interactive dashboard that is regularly updated with information on case counts, vaccination records, and hospitalizations. You can click on 'City & Town Data' on the left column, hover over any town for the most current posted case information.
Percent positivity is calculated using molecular tests only.
Provincetown percent positivity: 12.16%
Number of tests in the last two weeks: 436.
Testing rate: 16,880.7 per 100,000 Provincetown residents
Report date: 1/20/22; Time period: 1/2 - 1/8/22.
COVID cases in Provincetown, as of 1/21/22: 9 (compared to 10 reported on 1/14/22); under new isolation guidance, there are an additional 29 cases in the post-5 days case management phase of masking for an additional 5 days (down from 48 reported in this category on 1/14/22).
On January 5, CDC endorsed updated recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the prevention of COVID-19: people 12-17 years old are recommended to receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17 years old. To view more information from the CDC, please click here.
· Outer Cape Health Services offers booster shots by appointment only. Call 508-487-9395 to schedule an appointment.
· CVS Pharmacy offers booster shots by appointment only. Go to cvs.com to schedule an appointment.
Cape Cod Community College: The Massachusetts Department of Health has partnered with Cape Cod Community College to offer residents and visitors COVID-19 vaccination clinics three days a week on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This clinic serves everyone 5+ and provides primary series vaccinations and boosters from all three manufacturers. Hours are Sundays, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Tuesdays, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Thursdays, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Click here to register.
Barnstable County continues to offer its weekly vaccine clinics at the Harborview Conference Room in the Barnstable County Complex. This clinic serves everyone 5+ and provides primary series vaccinations and boosters from all three manufacturers. Hours are Wednesdays 10 AM to 4 PM, with pediatric vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 are scheduled between 2 PM and 4 PM. Click here to register.
For additional vaccination sites, including local pharmacies, please visit www.vaxfinder.ma.gov.
Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
1/10/22: MA announced a tool that gives residents a new way to access their COVID-19 digital vaccine card and vaccination history. The new tool, My Vax Records, allows people who received their vaccination in Massachusetts to generate a COVID-19 digital vaccine card, which would contain similar vaccination information to a paper CDC card, utilizing the SMART Health Card platform, generating a QR code that can be used to verify vaccination. Access the new tool at MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov.
How It Works: Enter name, date of birth, and mobile phone number or email associated with your vaccine record. After creating a 4-digit PIN, the user receives a link to their vaccine record that will open upon re-entry of the PIN. The electronic record shows the same information as a paper CDC vaccine card: name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer. The system uses Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), the official database used by health care providers across the state to record vaccination information.
It also includes a QR code that makes these same details readable by a QR scanner, including smartphone apps. Once the SMART Health Card is received, users are able to save the QR code to their phone, such as the Apple Wallet, screenshot the information and save it to their phone’s photos, or print out a copy for a paper record. The system follows national standards for security and privacy.
This system provides an optional way that residents can access their vaccination information and a COVID-19 digital vaccine card. This will provide residents with another tool to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, where requested by businesses or other entities.