256 COVID-19 cases now linked to Provincetown cluster, officials say
256 COVID-19 cases now linked to Provincetown cluster, health officials say
Massachusetts health officials now say 256 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a Fourth of July holiday cluster in Provincetown.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says 190 of the cases are in Massachusetts residents, with 109 of the patients residing in Barnstable County.
"The remainder of individuals who tested positive reside in other states or jurisdictions outside of Massachusetts," the DPH said in a statement shared by Provincetown town manager Alex Morse.
Previously, the DPH reported 132 positive COVID-19 cases associated with the Provincetown cluster.
Morse said testing was the town's best tool to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
"Public response to COVID-19 testing has been robust, with over 3,000 tests having been administered in Provincetown since July 1," Morse said.
Provincetown officials and health officials became aware of an outbreak, which involved many breakthrough cases, following the Fourth of July holiday.
The town, at the tip of Cape Cod, has a year-round population of about 3,000 people. That number swells …
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