COVID-19 Information Page
CDC risk assessment for COVID-19 is based on the Community Level framework.
Levels can be Low, Medium, or High and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. With at-home testing, case counts have become a less reliable metric to determine the threat level of COVID-19 in a community. The CDC Community Level takes hospitalizations and hospital capacity into account, and outlines recommendations for additional precautions as Community Level rises, especially for those who are at high risk or have close friends or family members at high risk for severe COVID-19. The CDC recommends masking when your community risk level is “High” COVID-19.
MA Department of Public Health’s new masking guidance recognizes that Massachusetts is a national leader in vaccination rates, and in light of recent improvements in COVID-19 indicators, this guidance advises that masks indoors are optional for most individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals should wear a mask indoors 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 or is at increased risk for severe disease. Mask Requirements in Certain Locations: Masks continue to be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in healthcare / congregate care facilities (physician or dental offices, urgent care or community health centers, vaccine sites, nursing homes, assisted living facilities); emergency shelters; and home health care/personal care attendants.
Barnstable County operates a Community Health Helpline: call 774-330-3001 and leave a detailed message to receive a call from a public health nurse to assist with COVID infection related questions.
FDA authorized both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent boosters. Individuals are eligible for a single booster dose of the Bivalent Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to find vaccine locations.
Click here for COVID treatment information, including Paxlovid.
MA DPH offers free telehealth for COVID-19 treatment with Paxlovid for residents 18+ who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms. Treatment must begin as soon as possible after testing positive and within 5 days of symptom onset.
You may be eligible if you have certain medical conditions that put you at higher risk for severe disease, or are over age 65. If you’re eligible for Paxlovid, you’ll be connected with a clinician for a video consultation within 30 minutes. The service is available in four languages.
Click here for CDC's COVID Isolation guidance. With many tools now available for reducing COVID-19 severity, such as availability of vaccine, boosters, and treatment, there is significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic, CDC has updated its guidance for people who know they have been exposed to COVID-19. This guidance acknowledges that, while COVID-19 is still with us, for a majority of people, COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts their daily lives.
If you were exposed to COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status: CDC recommends that instead of quarantining, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested 5 full days after your last exposure (day 6) for those individuals who wish to discontinue masking.
If you have COVID-19: regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others for 5 days. If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation but should continue masking around others and in public. 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.
Individuals with moderate illness or severe illness or with a weakened immune system, should isolate through day 10 and consult your doctor before ending isolation.
The joint early childhood & K-12 guidance for students and staff has also been updated to reflect the updated CDC guidance on exposure and isolation in these settings.
The Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet Health Departments sponsor an online COVID At Home Test reporting tool to help the Outer Cape Health Departments better understand how the virus is spreading in our communities. Results are confidential and anonymous and will only be used by Health Department staff for public health surveillance efforts. If you currently reside or have been in Provincetown, Truro, or Wellfleet during the past 14 days and have tested positive for COVID-19 using a home test kit (e.g., BinaxNOW, iHealth, QuickVue), please submit the following online form . To avoid duplication of test results, please do not report results of PCR testing that you have completed at healthcare or testing sites.
The State maintains an interactive dashboard that is regularly updated with information on case counts, vaccination records, and hospitalizations. Barnstable County COVID-19 Interactive Dashboard for Case information is an an excellent COVID risk assessment resource.