Provincetown COVID-19 Public Health Advisory

July 19, 2021 – Provincetown, MA | Following the 4th of July weekend, there was an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Provincetown in addition to individuals reporting COVID-like symptoms. COVID-19 infection has occurred in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. As of Friday July 16, 132 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 had been officially reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health associated with the Provincetown cases. Of these cases, 89 are Massachusetts residents, 39 of which reside in Barnstable County. The remainder of individuals who tested positive reside in other states or jurisdictions outside of Massachusetts. Case investigation is ongoing, and the numbers are likely to change as the situation evolves.

Based on the above information, public health authorities from the Provincetown Select Board, Provincetown Board of Health, and the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (BCDHE) have determined that the best course of action to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is by issuing an advisory to urge the public to take reasonable precautions.

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Senate Passes FY22 Budget

Senate Passes FY22 Budget 

Cyr negotiates for key Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket priorities during debate  

(BOSTON – 6/01/2021) The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a $47.7 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), after adding $63.7 million in targeted investments over the course of three days of robust deliberations.  

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Cape Codders and Islanders

On April 19th, 2021, every Massachusetts resident over the age of 16 is eligible to receive one of the available COVID-19 vaccines at no cost. Use this page as a resource to help maximize your chances of securing your appointment when supply becomes available.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Briefing for Cape Cod Residents Over 65

On February 3, 2021 the Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force held a phone briefing for Cape Cod residents over 65 on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Speakers included:

Senator Julian Cyr
Mike Lauf, CEO, Cape Cod Healthcare
Dr. Kevin Mulroy, Senior VP, Cape Cod Healthcare
Kevin Cranston, Asst. Commissioner, MA Dept. of Public Health
Ron Bergstrom, Chair, Barnstable County Commissioners
Sean O'Brien, Director, Barnstable County Dept. of Health and Environment
Representative Sarah Peake
Congressman Bill Keating

You can find the most up to date information o COVID-19 Vaccine access on Cape Cod at www.BarnstableCountyHealth.org.

Listen to the Recording of the February 3rd Briefing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-qoEkb-fVU 

Read a Transcript of the February 3rd Briefing by clicking here

 



Why I Support the Reform, Shift + Build Act

I was proud to vote YES on the Senate’s Reform, Shift + Build Act, Senate Bill 2800 on July 14th. The final text of the bill passed by the Senate is here.

The Reform, Shift and Build Act makes meaningful changes to police practices and will advance a number of key racial justice priorities.

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Senate Introduces Reform, Shift + Build Act

(BOSTON 07/06/2020) The Massachusetts State Senate today unveiled An Act to Reform Police Standards and Shift Resources to Build a More Equitable, Fair and Just Commonwealth that Values Black Lives and Communities of Colorthe Reform, Shift + Build Acta comprehensive racial equity bill designed to increase police accountability, shift the roles of law enforcement away from surveillance and punishment, and begin to dismantle systemic racism. The bill is a direct response to statewide demonstrations for equity and justice, and the result of the work of the Senate’s bipartisan Senate Working Group on Racial Justice, appointed by the Senate President in early June.

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Pride & Resilience

In the second part of our series, I've written about the threads that run through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, Pride Month, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic that devastated the LGBTQ community in the 1980s and 1990s. The virus was insidious, difficult to track, and had a disproportionate impact among LGBTQ people, particularly gay men. But gay men weren’t the only one who were sickened and killed by the disease in the face of government inaction.

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Pride & Resistance

This month, I’m using our platform to talk about the history of the queer liberation movement, as well as how the legacy of civil disobedience by LGBTQ activists informs my support of the Black Lives Matter movement. During Pride Month, I am mindful that decades of protest and civil disobedience have yet to yield the same results for black and brown Americans, LGBTQ or otherwise. It’s often said that history doesn't repeat itself — it rhymes. In telling the stanza most familiar to me, I hope you'll see how the movement for LGBTQ equity bleeds into the one playing out today, and further understand the role that white supremacy has played in realizing a different outcome for black and brown Americans for decades. 

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Black Lives Matter Events

So many of you wrote to us in response to our monthly newsletter with deep concern for black lives in our community and around the country. The video of George Floyd's death is a stark departure from the America some of us we thought we knew, and many of you wrote looking for steps we could take to raise our voices and act up and raise our voices in our own backyard. A groundswell of grassroots activity gave way to several successful actions this week, and we wanted to alert you to a few more.


If you choose to attend, please take great care to practice social distancing and cover your face and nose. The onslaught of crises this spring has already taken so many lives, and it is our responsibility to take every precaution necessary to take care of each other and heal, in spite of our shared grief.

 


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