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Provincetown officials issue new mask advisory in light of COVID-19 outbreak

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Officials in Provincetown issued a new mask advisory on Monday after more than 130 people, some of whom are fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 in cases linked to the Cape Cod town’s Fourth of July festivities. An emergency meeting held at Town Hall on Monday included updates on the cases from Town Manager Alex Morse, representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and representatives of the Barnstable County Health Department.Following that meeting, the town published a new Public Health Advisory. It indicates that 132 confirmed COVID-19 cases were identified as of Friday, including 89 among Massachusetts residents. The new public health advisory urges everyone to get vaccinated, isolate and get tested if they experience symptoms. It also urges venues to enforce vaccine verification and suggests everyone wear masks indoors when social distancing cannot be achieved.Unvaccinated individuals, including children, are required to wear masks both indoors and when six feet of distance cannot be maintained outdoors, the advisory states. Masks are also required on public transportation. Provincetown officials and health officials became aware of an outbreak, which involved many breakthrough cases, following the Fourth of July holiday.Travis Dagenais, who is fully vaccinated, was in Provincetown for the holiday weekend and said he started feeling the symptoms of COVID-19 after returning to Boston. “Once I got back to Boston on Tuesday evening, I started feeling raspy, a dry cough,” Dagenais said.Provincetown has a year-round population of about 3,000 people – that number swells to 60,000 in the summer.Morse said nearly all of Provincetown’s year-round and part-time residents are fully vaccinated.

Officials in Provincetown issued a new mask advisory on Monday after more than 130 people, some of whom are fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 in cases linked to the Cape Cod town’s Fourth of July festivities.

An emergency meeting held at Town Hall on Monday included updates on the cases from Town Manager Alex Morse, representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and representatives of the Barnstable County Health Department.

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Following that meeting, the town published a new Public Health Advisory. It indicates that 132 confirmed COVID-19 cases were identified as of Friday, including 89 among Massachusetts residents.

The new public health advisory urges everyone to get vaccinated, isolate and get tested if they experience symptoms. It also urges venues to enforce vaccine verification and suggests everyone wear masks indoors when social distancing cannot be achieved.

Unvaccinated individuals, including children, are required to wear masks both indoors and when six feet of distance cannot be maintained outdoors, the advisory states. Masks are also required on public transportation.

Provincetown officials and health officials became aware of an outbreak, which involved many breakthrough cases, following the Fourth of July holiday.

Travis Dagenais, who is fully vaccinated, was in Provincetown for the holiday weekend and said he started feeling the symptoms of COVID-19 after returning to Boston.

“Once I got back to Boston on Tuesday evening, I started feeling raspy, a dry cough,” Dagenais said.

Provincetown has a year-round population of about 3,000 people – that number swells to 60,000 in the summer.

Morse said nearly all of Provincetown’s year-round and part-time residents are fully vaccinated.

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