PROVINCETOWN — Three months after a steep rise in Covid-19 cases tied to Provincetown’s 4th of July weekend crowds, the number of cases on the Outer Cape is low compared to other regions of the state.
Thirty-five new cases of the virus have been reported in all of Barnstable County in the last 30 days, according to the state’s database.
There are nine active cases in Eastham, Director of Health and Environment Jane Crowley said on Monday, Oct. 4.
There are six active cases in Wellfleet and four probable cases, according to a statement from town Health Agent Hillary Greenberg-Lemos on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 5. “Confirmed active cases” are those reported following positive results from PCR tests, whereas “probable cases” are those that follow positive results from rapid antigen tests and are still awaiting results from PCR tests.
Four active cases were reported in Truro’s Oct. 2 report, the most recent update from that town.
There were just two active cases in Provincetown, according to the health department’s website, updated on Monday afternoon, Oct. 4.
As of Monday, Barnstable County had an overall 2.8-percent positivity rate, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The “positivity rate” is the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that yield positive results.
According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health website, the positivity rate is a critical measure not only because it indicates how widespread infection is in the area, but also whether levels of testing are keeping up with levels of disease transmission. A high positivity rate can mean that the number of total tests is too low.
Booster shots to supplement the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine are now available at local pharmacies to people 65 and over and to people 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions. Employees who work in settings with increased risk of Covid-19 transmission are also eligible. This includes front-line health-care workers employed at hospitals, nursing homes, and health clinics.
To find out where to get a shot, go to vaxfinder.mass.gov and fill in your zip code. A list of pharmacies will pop up. Only the Pfizer booster vaccine is available at present, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster vaccines are still awaiting FDA approval, according to the database.
Patients of Outer Cape Health Services are asked to stop in or call to book an appointment and to present their vaccination cards when they arrive.
“People in the recommended groups who got the Moderna or J&J/Janssen vaccine will likely need a booster shot,” said Outer Cape Health Chief Medical Officer Andrew Jorgensen. “More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots are expected soon.
“Immunocompromised individuals may receive a third dose of the Moderna Covid‑19 vaccine,” Jorgensen added. “It is important to note that this is not a booster. It is a third vaccination shot. This Moderna third shot for immunocompromised individuals can be given at least one month after the second Moderna dose,” he explained, noting that, at Outer Cape Health Services, “We advise patients to first consult with their clinicians to determine eligibility.”
Booster recipients need to be six months out from their second Pfizer shot, OCHS Senior Development and Communications Officer Gerry Desautels said.
“There’s definitely a lot of interest, just as there was initially for the vaccination,” he said.