Meetings are held remotely. Go to provincetown-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch.
Thursday, Aug. 27
- Water & Sewer Board, 1 p.m.
- Planning Board, 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28
- Local Comprehensive Planning, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 1
- Conservation Commission 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 2
- Historic District Commission, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m.
As of Aug. 25, there was one active case of the virus in town, and 31 cases were considered recovered. There has been one death as a result of Covid-19.
Town and School Staff Tested
A pilot program to deliver faster Covid-19 test results for local business owners wanting to test asymptomatic staff came off smoothly when over 100 Provincetown and Truro municipal and school staff members got tested at MacMillan Pier on Thursday, Aug. 20.
Provincetown Health Director Morgan Clark said over 100 people voluntarily took the test and the results were returned within two days. She would not say if anyone tested positive, explaining that if there were just one positive result among town staff it would be easy to identify that person in this small town.
In any case, the pilot program showed great promise for Provincetown and Truro businesses who want to test employees in the future for two reasons, Clark said. One, the PCR tests, which are the most reliable available, came back fast; earlier popup test results took over a week to come back. Two, each test cost only $70 as opposed to $150 in previous testing.
“This is all brand new, and to run an asymptomatic program takes a lot of back-end work,” Clark said. “I’ve been working on it since July.”
Lower Cape Ambulance staff administered the tests to patients. Cambridge Innovation Center and the Broad Institute conducted the molecular PCR tests.
If there is interest, then the tests would be offered for asymptomatic workers in Provincetown and Truro starting in September, Clark said. Business owners would pay for the tests, while the towns and Lower Cape Ambulance would pay administrative and personnel costs.
Town Meeting Will Be Outdoors
Voters can enjoy the crisp fall weather for town meeting this year, as it will be held outdoors, on Monday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. The location, St. Peter the Apostle Church parking lot at 11 Prince Street, will make it convenient for those who are praying for a short meeting.
But with only 30 articles —and 11 of those just routine housekeeping — it already looks like this will be a shorter town meeting than Provincetown’s usual marathons, which often extend beyond three nights. This time, since it is outdoors to allow for social distancing and to prevent Covid-19 virus spread, officials limited the articles on the warrant, said Assistant Town Manager David Gardner.
If it rains, the meeting will be delayed until the next evening. Parking will be next door at the Grace Hall lot.
To get a head start on the warrant, a virtual forum to discuss the articles will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. —K.C. Myers