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Provincetown issues face mask advisory after new COVID outbreak in summer hotspot

Written by on July 20, 2021

A coronavirus outbreak linked to a Cape Cod summer vacation hotspot prompted local health officials on Monday to institute a new mask advisory, a report said.

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Residents in Provincetown, Massachusetts, are being advised to wear the face coverings indoors following the cluster of 132 cases that is believed to have stemmed from Fourth of July celebrations, NBC Boston reported.

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Many of those infected are fully vaccinated and 89 of them are Massachusetts residents, the report said.

As part of the advisory, passed Monday by the Provincetown Board of Health, high-density venues are urged to enforce vaccination status upon entry, the report said.

At least one member of the health board felt more action is needed.

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“I have to say, I’m a little disappointed that we haven’t taken a stronger stand on this. Rather than just advising, we should require masks,” said Dr. Janet Whelan, according to the report.

This story first appeared in the New York Post.

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