Boston residents who recently visited Provincetown are urged to get tested for the coronavirus and stay away from clusters in the wake of Cape Town’s COVID cluster.
At least 35 virus cases among Boston residents have been traced to the Provincetown cluster of 132 positive cases. The Boston Public Health Commission said Tuesday that an “overwhelming majority” of the 35 Boston cases are people who have been fully vaccinated.
Boston public health officials on Tuesday issued new guidance for city residents who have traveled to Provincetown through July 1.
“Get tested for COVID-19 at least 5 days after your return, regardless of immunization status or symptoms,” the Boston Public Health Commission wrote in its new guidance.
“Self-isolate and avoid groups or gatherings for at least 5 days and until you receive a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccination status,” the commission said.
Provincetown residents and visitors are being urged to exercise caution amid a surge of COVID cases.
The city on Monday “strongly advised” that people wear masks indoors when social distancing is not possible. Totally successful vaccination cases have been reported in the city.
Provincetown officials wrote in their new advice, “All unvaccinated individuals, including children under the age of 12, are required to wear masks in crowded areas where social distancing cannot be achieved and in public indoor spaces.” “
Regardless of vaccination status, the Boston Public Health Commission urged everyone to get tested and self-isolate if they develop any symptoms of COVID infection, even if those symptoms are mild.
“As we learn more about this cluster and how we live with the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, BPHC is asking all residents to rapidly identify COVID-19 infections, prevent additional spread and help vulnerable members of our communities. Calls to take these extra precautions to help protect yourself. , ” the commission said. “Please help the city of Boston control the spread and encourage others to get vaccinated and tested.”