Provincetown Says New COVID Actions Possible Amid Case Cluster

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Provincetown could impose new actions to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, as cases from a cluster in the town continue to rise. The town announced another emergency meeting, set for Sunday afternoon, after 430 people tested positive in a cluster of cases that fanned out from Provincetown to the rest of the Commonwealth and even across state lines.

In response, the town is holding another emergency meeting on Sunday evening, noting that town officials will "discuss further actions to contain the spread of COVID-19" on the agenda, with a vote possible.

At the last emergency meeting on July 19, town officials put a mask advisory in place, and mandated masks indoors for the unvaccinated.

342 of the 430 cases, or around 80% of the cases are Massachusetts residents, and 153 of the cases are among residents of Provincetown.

A sizable majority, around 70% of the cases in Massachusetts were fully vaccinated. The town announced it is conducting daily wastewater testing on Saturday, after the State Department of Public Health confirmed it had detected the highly-contagious Delta variant of the virus in the cluster on Friday evening. 3 people had been hospitalized in connection with the outbreak.

Provincetown did have some good news: the test positivity rate has dropped in the town since the cluster began, from 15% to 9%.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel

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