COVID-19 Information

January 24, 2022

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of #4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes #4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January

https://special.usps.com/testkits

 

January 19, 2022

The Biden Administration has made free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests available to all residents through a new web-based ordering platform. Each household is entitled to 4 testing kits through this program. These rapid antigen at-home tests can be ordered from the U.S. Post Office at COVID Home Tests | USPS

Please share this information with your members, colleagues, and partners. You can learn more about this federal program at: www.COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests.

Massachusetts residents have a number of options to get tested for COVID-19. For more details, visit www.mass.gov/gettested. 

 

January 18, 2022

Please see latest info on local testing options and the new Stop the Spread Site in Hyannis:

https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/newsroom/covid-19-testing-opportunities-in-barnstable-county

January 12, 2022

The Baker-Polito Administration also released a public health advisory this week to advise all residents on when to seek tests for COVID-19. The advisory advises all residents to seek COVID-19 tests when exhibiting COVID symptoms https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19, or five days following a known close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID pursuant to MA DPH quarantine and isolation protocols, updated as of December 29 in accordance with the new CDC guidance.

View the public health advisory here:  https://www.mass.gov/advisory/public-health-advisory-regarding-covid-19-testing

December 28, 2021

Last night the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new recommendations on isolation and quarantine for the public.  These are recommendations which do not supersede any state, tribal, or local rules or regulations.  As of now, the State Department of Public Health has not adopted the new guidance and old policies and timeframes remain in effect.

 We do expect this to change and for the State of Massachusetts to update their guidance to be in line with the new CDC recommendations, but they have not yet released any sort of statement.  When that changes we will let you know.

 For the month of December, so far we are averaging at 105 cases per week in Bourne.  It is expected the actual number of cases per week is much higher because that number does not include the majority of ‘un-proctored’ or take-home test kits results.  This is the highest activity we have seen since the start of the pandemic and ask you all to consider getting vaccinated if you haven’t already done so.  Getting vaccinated and boosted is the best way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19.  If/ when new protocols are released in Massachusetts, your vaccination/ booster status will make an impact on quarantine and isolation timeframes.

December 20, 2021

To Percent positivity in Bourne increases to 8.2%.  Bourne was not one of the communities were at home test kits were allocated by the State. To find out more information about testing, please visit the following links--

Get Tested:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (barnstablecountyhealth.org) 

Free Testing at the Orleans DPW every Tuesday from 9-10:30am -- Barnstable County (timetap.com)

Free Testing at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds -- Barnstable County (timetap.com)

Cape Cod Hospital Community Testing -- Instructions for Getting COVID-19 Testing on Cape Cod - Cape Cod Healthcare

 

December 9, 2021

To all Town Employees, Boards, and Committee Members:

Last week a statement was released which summarized the current situation with respect to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  For that previous reporting period the percent positivity in Bourne was 7.1% which has since increased to 8% over the past week.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies Barnstable County as an area of high transmission where additional measures should be taken to maximize protection and to prevent possibly spreading COVID-19 to others.

I am writing to notify you that last evening, the Bourne Board of Health voted to recommend that all Boards and Committees convene their public meetings on remote platforms until public health metrics improve.  Additionally, that public buildings be posted with the enclosed updated signage asking for people to kindly wear face coverings in indoor public spaces regardless of their vaccination status.

If your building has a more stringent masking requirement, then there is no need to post the advisory being provided here.  There is no change to the current settings where face coverings are mandatory in Massachusetts or the persons which are exempted from wearing face coverings due to age or health risks.  These are just a couple updated measures to help slow the spread this holiday season.  Thank you for distributing this message to your Board and Committee Members as well as the public you engage with.

December 2, 2021

COVID-19 cases are surging in Barnstable County.

The CDC recommends that in order to maximize protection and prevent possibly spreading COVID-19 to others, you should wear a mask indoors in public when in an area of high transmission. This recommendation is regardless of vaccination status.

 

Percent positivity of COVID-19 tests in Bourne reaches 7.1%

Epidemiologists suggest using a 14-day average to represent the percent positivity of all SARS-CoV-2 cases reported in the Massachusetts Epidemiologic Disease Surveillance System.  This is one full incubation period for COVID-19, and a reasonable amount of time to get suitable metrics.  The same number of tests are not conducted each day, so it is important to look at a bigger sample.  The percent positivity of Bourne residents has been reported at 7.1% which is higher than previously reported.

 

State & County Forecasts showing an increase in the predicted number of new COVID-19 cases for the next two weeks. For more information on forecasting cases please visit the source webpage: COVID-19 Forecasts: Cases | CDC

 

Vaccination recommended for everyone age 5 and older.

With new variants of concern emerging, health officials encourage you now more than ever to get vaccinated to help protect you and your loved ones against COVID-19.  To find a vaccine appointment please visit:  COVID-19 Vaccine Availability | Mass.gov or
Barnstable County’s Vaccine Scheduling Site https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/event/barnstable-county-covid-19-vaccine-clinics

 

Safe, happy, and healthy holiday tips are available online for you to make informed decisions for your family.

Visit Activities, Gatherings & Holidays | CDC for more information on how to protect your loved ones and community this fall.

 

Visit mass.gov/COVID19 for the most up to date information or townofbourne.com/health and always utilize reliable sources of information

December 1, 2021

Please follow this link for Barnstable County COVID-19 Clinic Registration:  https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/event/barnstable-county-covid-19-vaccine-clinics

Vaccination Clinic for 5-11 year olds at Bourne High School

The Town of Bourne will be offering a free first dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Bourne High School on Saturday, November 20th for 5-11 year olds.  The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was authorized by FDA and CDC for children ages 5-11 years on November 2, 2021 and the Town has been allocated 300-doses.  The second dose clinic will be on December 11th from 10AM – 1PM.

Pre-registration is required and spots are filling up!  Please follow this link to register before noon on November 19thhttps://bhscovid19vaxclinic.timetap.com/

Get Tested for COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing on Cape Cod : 

https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/covid-19/latest-updates-and-info

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (barnstablecountyhealth.org)

April 27, 2021

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plans for Continued Reopening

Face Coverings Order to be Relaxed for Some Outdoor Settings

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries effective May 10th and put plans in place for further reopening on May 29th and August 1st. The Administration continues to take steps to reopen the Commonwealth's economy with public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction. This includes drops in average daily COVID cases and hospitalizations. Massachusetts remains first in the nation for first vaccine doses and total doses administered per capita, among states with more than 5 million people. The Administration will also relax the Face Coverings Order for some outdoor settings, effective April 30th

Phase IV, Step 2 Industries and Gathering Changes:

On March 22, Massachusetts loosened capacity restrictions and advanced to Step 1 of Phase IV of the reopening plan. Since then, case rates dropped by 20%. The positivity rate has dropped to the lowest levels recorded since last summer. 

Effective Monday, May 10th:

Large venues such as indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks currently open as part of Phase 4, Step 1 at 12% will be permitted to increase capacity to 25%.

The Commonwealth will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries including amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks that will be permitted to operate at a 50% capacity after submitting safety plans to the Department of Public Health.

Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events will be permitted to take place with staggered starts after submitting safety plans to a local board of health or the DPH.

Youth and adult amateur sports tournaments will be allowed for moderate and high risk sports.

Singing will also be permitted indoors with strict distancing requirements at performance venues, restaurants, event venues and other businesses.

Effective May 29th:

Subject to public health and vaccination data, gathering limits will increase to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors for event venues, public settings and private settings.

Subject to public health and vaccination data, additional Phase 4, Step 2 industries will be permitted to open including:

  • Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals, at 50% of their previous capacity and after submitting safety plans to the local board of health.
  • Bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries and distilleries, will be subject to restaurant rules with seated service only, a 90 minute limit and no dance floors.

Subject to public health and vaccination data, the restaurant guidance will be updated to eliminate the requirement that food be served with alcohol and to increase the maximum table size to 10.

Effective August 1st:

Subject to public health and vaccination data, remaining industries will be permitted to open including:

  • Dance clubs, and nightclubs
  • Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs and other facilities
  • Indoor water parks
  • Ball pits

All industry restrictions will be lifted at that time, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries, with businesses encouraged to continue following best practices. The gathering limit will be rescinded.

Depending on vaccine distribution and public health data, the Administration may consider re-evaluating the August 1st date.

 

The Department of Public Health will also continue to issue guidance as needed, including guidance to still require masks indoors.

Face Coverings Order: 

Effective April 30th, the Face Coverings Order will be relaxed for some outdoor settings.

Face coverings will only be required outside in public when it is not possible to socially distance, and at other times required by sector-specific guidance.

Face coverings will still be required at all times in indoor public places. Face coverings will also continue to be required at all times at events, whether held indoors or outdoors and whether held in a public space or private home, except for when eating or drinking.

At smaller gatherings in private homes, face coverings are recommended but not required. The $300 fine as an enforcement mechanism will be eliminated.

For more information, visit mass.gov/reopening

April 22, 2021

The Community Health Center of Cape Cod is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic one week from today, on April 29th at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds.  There is a self-registration link that anyone can use to schedule an appointment: https://chcofcapecod.org/covid-19-vaccine-scheduling/ .  Please click the link below for more information. This clinic is open to anyone aged 16 and older.

March 18, 2021

Travel Advisory

Effective Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts Travel Order will be replaced with a Travel Advisory. 

  • As of Monday, March 22, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival. 
  • Travelers are exempt from this advisory if they have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.  If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival, as long as travelers quarantine until a negative test result has been received.
  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours is exempt from this advisory.
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) are exempt from this advisory while they are commuting to or from or while at work.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms are exempt from this advisory.

March 17, 2021

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 17, 2021

CONTACT
Sarah Finlaw
sarah.finlaw@state.ma.us

 

       

 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Vaccine Timeline for All Residents, Provides Weekly Dose Updates & $24.7 Million in Federal Funding for Vaccine Equity Initiative

 

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the timeline for all remaining residents to be eligible for a vaccine.

 

The Administration also announced the weekly distribution of vaccine doses statewide for providers and a new $24.7 million investment in the Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative.

 

Vaccine Eligibility Timeline

 

Governor Baker today announced the dates that all remaining residents and certain worker groups will be eligible for a vaccine.

 

The Commonwealth’s detailed timeline adheres to the original timeline for the three phases announced in December.

 

All residents can preregister to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at mass.gov/COVIDVaccine.

 

Appointments will be offered based on eligibility and available appointments nearby. It is expected that more sites will come online as part of the preregistration process in April.

 

Timeline for remaining groups:

 

 

  • April 19th: General public ages 16 years of age and older

 

The full timeline is available at mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.

 

The Administration has received assurances from the federal government that an increased vaccine supply will be available to states soon.

 

Depending on supply, it could take weeks for people to be notified that an appointment is available at a mass vaccination site.

                                                                      

 

Dose Update

 

The Administration provided the weekly update for doses allocated from the federal government.

 

This week, the state is receiving a modest increase in supply of first doses, approximately 170,000. This includes an unexpected 8,000 doses of J&J vaccine.

 

In total, the Commonwealth will receive 316,000 first and second doses as part of the state allocation. These figures do not include doses provided through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program or to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

 

This week, first doses and second dose state allocations (total doses), were distributed among providers as follows:

 

  • Mass vaccination locations: 101,890

 

  • Health systems and health care providers (excluding CHCs): 99,230

 

  • Community Health Centers: 27,450

 

  • Regional Collaboratives and Local Boards of Health: 59,580

 

  • Regional Collaboratives: 40,370

 

  • Local Boards of Health: 19,210

 

  • Retail pharmacies (non-CVS)

 

  • State allocation: 8,490

 

  • Mobile Clinics supporting long-term care facilities, congregate care, affordable/low-income senior housing and homebound individuals: 19,180

 

Weekly allocations are subject to change based on federal availability, demand from providers, and obligations to meet second doses. Providers have 10 days to use their doses and must meet specific performance thresholds.

 

Federal Doses:

 

In addition to the state allocation, the federal government distributes vaccines to CVS Health sites as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership as well as to certain Massachusetts federally qualified community health centers. These quantities fluctuate on a weekly basis and are not counted as part of the state’s weekly allocation.

 

This week, 106,440 first and second doses have been allocated to the retail pharmacy program and 9,500 doses have been allocated to the federally qualified health centers.

 

Individuals looking to book appointments across any of these providers should visit mass.gov/COVIDvaccine to learn more.

 

Vaccine Equity Initiative

 

The Administration also announced the release of $27.4 million in federal funds to increase trust, vaccine acceptance and administration rates as part of the Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative and to meet the needs of priority populations. Recognizing equity as a critical component of the state’s vaccine distribution plan, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with 20 hardest hit communities in Massachusetts as they identify their specific community needs, further building on existing support.

 

These federal funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) build upon current and past efforts supporting vaccination in these communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and includes partnerships with municipalities, local boards of health, community- and faith-based organizations, community health centers and others to reduce barriers to vaccination. These funds also will provide direct vaccine administration to populations that are not effectively reached through existing vaccine supply channels.

 

These federal funds include: 

 

  • $10.6 million to provide direct assistance with vaccine access, including appointment registration assistance, transportation to vaccination clinics, mobility assistance, medical interpretation, and other supports. These services will be delivered through contracted community-based organizations (CBOs), community health centers (CHCs), and behavioral health providers.

 

  • $5.1 million to invest in community health centers through the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to expand vaccination capacity at community health centers, including Community Health Worker Ambassadors.

 

  • $4.7 million to support municipalities and local boards of health through direct funding of the 20 equity municipalities for coordination and support for vaccine clinics and acceptance.

 

  • $4 million to help tailor community outreach and education through direct funding of local community-based and faith-based organizations in the 20 equity municipalities.

 

  • $3 million for direct vaccine administration in community settings by funding qualified organizations to directly administer vaccination to groups not effectively reached by other mechanisms.

 

These activities will build on DPH-supported initiatives already in progress, such as outreach and collaboration with community and faith-based organizations, increased connections and investment in Community Health Centers, and grassroots neighborhood outreach by teams of trained staff and residents led by Archipelago Strategies Group (ASG), a minority-owned business, and Health Care For All (HCFA).

 

Other activities already underway include the DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador Program, which has assisted with dozens of local meetings to answer questions about vaccine, wide dissemination and amplification of the state’s “Trust the Facts. Get the Vax.” multilingual public awareness campaign, and the DPH Community Liaisons who are meeting weekly with representatives from the communities to identify and lift barriers to vaccine access and support community-based solutions.

 

The Administration’s Vaccine Equity Initiative focuses on 20 cities and towns with the greatest COVID-19 case burden, taking into account social determinants of health and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). These communities are Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, and Worcester.

 

 

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March 15, 2021

Updated Workplace Safety Standards for Indoor and Outdoor Events (effective March 22, 2021; Phase IV, Step1) – see attachment

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-indoor-and-outdoor-events (scroll down to Phase IV, Step 1)

Note: Indoor and Outdoor events remain subject to the previously issued February 4, 2021 safety standards until these revised workplace safety standards go into effect on March 22, 2021.

MassVax Sites Pre-registration started today. Please post/share https://www.mass.gov/info-details/preregister-for-a-covid-19-vaccine-appointment

Vaccination Data

Vaccine Resources

U.S. Pharmacopeia guidance for transporting pre-drawn vaccine in syringes (see COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit: Operational Considerations for Healthcare Practitioners) -https://www.usp.org/covid-19/vaccine-handling-toolkit

March 4, 2021

  • Baker-Polito Administration Announces K-12 Educators, Child Care Workers and K-12 School Staff Eligible for Vaccine Appointments Starting March 11th & Vaccine Appointment Availability for Next Week: 

https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-k-12-educators-child-care-workers-and-k-12-school-staff

February 17, 2021

The Baker-Polito Administration has launched a new online tool to help residents find COVID-19 vaccination sites and appointments!  

The tool can be accessed via the state’s vaccination website at www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine or directly at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov

February 8, 2021

VACCINE Q & A's

CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILTY HERE

VISIT MASS.GOV

24 Hour Notice!

Registration for the upcoming Barnstable County COVID-19 vaccine clinics is opening online in 24 hours! Details below.

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM, the following drive-thru vaccine clinics will be published, searchable and OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS at the following address: www.maimmunizations.org

 

 

Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis

Address: 21 W Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601

Clinic Date: Wednesday, February 10

Number of doses available on February 10th: 1,365

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Go to: www.maimmunizations.org

Directions: Enter the Cape Cod Melody Tent Vaccine site from Scudder Ave.

Clinic site on Google Maps: Click HERE

 

 

Little Creek Parking Area in Eastham

Address: See instructions below.

Clinic Date: Friday, February 12

Number of doses available on February 12th: 375

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Go to: www.maimmunizations.org

Directions: The Little Creek site is located in the "Little Creek Staging Area" also known as the Coast Guard Shuttle Lot on Doane Road in Eastham; part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is across from the Doane Rock Picnic Area (at 520 Doane Rd, Eastham, MA 02642). Coming from the South, turn right off Route 6 at the light in front of the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center onto Nauset Road. Follow Nauset Road and signs to Coast Guard Beach. Turn left into the “Coast Guard Beach parking area” about a mile down the road. You can find the site on Google Maps by searching “Parking for Coast Guard Beach".

Clinic site on Google Maps: Click HERE

Visit www.barnstablecountyhealth.org

 

 

 

February 4, 2021

Vaccine Availability—

  • Phase 2 of the State Vaccination Plan began on February 1st.  Groups eligible for vaccination now are those in Phase 1, and Phase 2/Group 1 (persons aged 75+). Vaccine supplies are severely limited so we have 4-5 sub-regional vaccination sites on Cape Cod, some not yet to begin operation.  Vaccination at local clinics during Phase 2 will be by appointment only and appointments will be able to be scheduled once authorities can be sure of vaccine allotment from the DPH.  To find an appointment visit  COVID-19 Vaccine | Mass.gov
  • The DPH is in discussions with the County Dept. of Health and Environment to open a DPH-operated mass vaccination site on Cape Cod. More information on this site will be forthcoming.
  • Sign up for County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Notification : Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (barnstablecountyhealth.org) by visiting that weblink, you can subscribe to be notified for COVID-19 vaccine clinics via email 24 hours in advance from when a clinic will be opening for registration.
  • The State should be announcing a helpline for elderly folks to get vaccines who do not have access to the internet or who are homebound.
  • Each town within the County has individualized plans for operating emergency dispensing sites since 2007, but with such a severely limited vaccine supply, it is unknown if, when, or how, vaccines could be distributed on a town by town basis to exercise those emergency plans.  The Bourne Health Department will continue to engage with other municipal departments and community organizations to update and modify these plans as needed.  The goal is to be prepared for a multitude of scenarios to get the most vaccine out to the population.

Summary of Today’s Announcement -- Given recent improvements in COVID-19 data in the state, some of the recent temporary occupancy restrictions in sectors listed below are being lifted by the Governor. These changes are effective Monday February 8th at 5:00 a.m.  

  1. Lifting 25% Capacity Restriction
    1. All businesses in the list below, currently limited to 25% capacity, will return to 40% capacity, as previously allowed. (The sector-specific industry standards dated in December 2020 will apply.)
      • Arcades and Recreational Businesses
      • Driving and Flight Schools
      • Gyms/Health Clubs
      • Libraries
      • Museums
      • Retail
      • Offices
      • Places of Worship
      • Lodging (common areas)
      • Golf (indoor areas)
      • Movie theaters (no more than 50 people per theater)
    2. Restaurants will now be limited to 40% of their seated capacity and, as under the 25% capacity rule, employees will not count toward the limit
    3. Close Contact Personal Services will now be limited to 40% capacity and, as under the 25% capacity rule, employees will be not count toward the limit
      • A limit of 5 people per 1000 sq. feet applies for smaller businesses without an available fire occupancy capacity
    4. There continues to be no capacity limits on manufacturing, construction, and laboratories—these sectors have never had capacity limits
  1. Gatherings Order
    1. The gatherings limit will stay at 10 indoors, 25 outdoors
  1. The Commonwealth remains in Phase 3 Step 1 of Reopening (Order No. 58)
    1. indoor performance venues and indoor recreation businesses like roller rinks and trampoline parks remain closed
  1. All changes are effective Monday February 8th at 5:00 AM

January 21, 2021

STAY AT HOME ADVISORY:

The DPH Stay at Home Advisory for the hours of 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM will be rescinded effective Monday, January 25th at 5:00 AM.

MANDATORY EARLY CLOSING ORDER:

The Mandatory Early Closing Order, which since early November has required certain businesses to close by 9:30 PM each night, will be rescinded effective Monday, January 25th at 5:00 AM.

Effective with the January 25 rescinding of the Order, the following businesses listed below may operate past 9:30 PM:

  • Restaurants
  • Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation (Phase 3, Step 1 only)
  • Indoor and Outdoor Events
  • Movie Theaters
  • Outdoor Theaters
  • Drive-In Movie Theaters
  • Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities
  • Golf Facilities
  • Recreational Boating and Boating Businesses (e.g. charter boats)
  • Outdoor Recreational Experiences (includes haunted houses)
  • Casinos and Horse Tracks/Simulcast Facilities
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Reserves, Nature Centers
  • Close Contact Personal Services (e.g. hair and nail salons)
  • Museums/Cultural & Historical Facilities/Guided Tours
  • Gyms/Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pools

Effective with the rescinding of the Early Closing Order, liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol will be permitted to sell alcohol past 9:30 PM; and adult use cannabis retailers will also be permitted to sell cannabis after 9:30 PM.

Gatherings and events will also be permitted to continue past 9:30 PM. All gatherings and events will remain subject to current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Phase 3, Step 2 businesses must remain fully closed. 

SECTOR-SPECIFIC CAPACITY RESTRICTIONS & GATHERING LIMITS

Capacity Limits: Under the current restrictions that are being extended today, most customer-facing businesses operating in Massachusetts remain subject to a 25% capacity limit.

For a list of sectors subject to the extended capacity restrictions, click here.

Gatherings Limit: The current gathering limits in place since December 26 are also being extended to Monday, February 8th. Indoor gatherings and events will remain limited to 10 people. Outdoor gatherings and events will remain limited to 25 people outside. The gatherings limit applies to private homes, event venues and public spaces.

January 15, 2021

Weekly Public Health Report

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19.   Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.  

DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.  

January 13, 2021

Please know that health officials are working diligently to get the COVID vaccine to as many people as possible, as quickly as we can.

Phase 1 is now underway. Phase 2 is projected to start in late February/early March followed by Phase 3 in April. 

MOST PEOPLE ARE SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE IN PHASE 3. As we move through the prioritization phases, information on where, when and how to get the vaccine will be announced publicly and posted on our website.   

Meanwhile, we regularly update the list of eligible jobs and groups prioritized within the state’s phases for COVID-19 vaccination. We encourage you to check the website for these updates. They can be found here:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/When-can-I-get-the-Covid-19-vaccine  

What you need to know:

Other helpful information:

--vaccination in nursing homes, rest homes, and other long-term care facilities:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/long-term-care-facility-covid-19-vaccine-guidance

-- First Responder’s vaccination program: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-first-responders

For COVID vaccine providers:

January 7, 2021

Weekly Dashboard - Town of Bourne to be included in the COVID-19 Code Red Category in the Department of Public Health's next reporting

Currently, vaccine has been distributed for immunizing first responders, police, fire, ems, and those doing the vaccinations and running COVID test sites. You may check our website in the future for updates. There is no detailed information from the Bourne Board of Health today about vaccination options for other sectors, but information will constantly be updated and will be forthcoming.

The vaccine comes down in allotments from the state/Mass Department of Public Health.  As it is dispersed to the different priority groups, also established by the state, each sector must wait until a clinic is planned/implemented for their vaccinations.

Local Boards of Health ARE NOT ADMINISTERING VACCINES. COVID vaccination clinics are being planned on a regional basis, or by an individual town on Cape Cod (i.e. the Town of Barnstable).  Mass vaccination sites may be announced by the State in the future.

This is the exact same procedure that was used in the past during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which was actually an influenza pandemic that lasted over a year and a half.

The proper protections should still be utilized before, and after, you receive your vaccine - social distancing, hand hygiene and mask wearing. Precautions against COVID-19 are necessary until each sector has had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.  For more information please visit:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (barnstablecountyhealth.org)

When Can I Get Vaccinated? Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (barnstablecountyhealth.org)

Governor's Temporary Order to be extended for at least two weeks-- please visit (https://www.mass.gov/governor-updates) for more information.

January 5, 2021

Please note: 911 Dispatchers have been added to the first responder list.

Please note: The webpage is updated frequently; please check back often.

December 30, 2020

Vaccination information:

Phase 3, Step 1 Resources for Businesses:

SARS-CoV-2 Variants information:

December 24, 2020

COVID-19 Testing on Cape Cod

December 18, 2020

Weekly Dashboard

December 7, 2020

Updated Quarantine Information & Return-to-Work Guidance

MA has aligned its quarantine recommendations with those issued last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-options-to-reduce-quarantine.html), and they go into effect today. The new guidance (attached) is based on recent CDC data showing that shortened quarantine periods result in only a small chance that someone may develop COVID-19 after leaving quarantine. The small risk that someone may develop COVID-19 after a shortened strict quarantine period is outweighed by the expected benefit of reduced transmission from the expected increased cooperation with adherence to the quarantine, according to the CDC.

  • The majority of COVID-19 cases have incubation periods fewer than 10 days, although the possible incubation period is still 14 days. During the quarantine period, people must not have visitors in their homes and they cannot have contact with other people who live in their homes.
  • The 14-day quarantine recommendation remains in place for any person experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms during the quarantine period, even if they have a negative test, and for those unwilling or unable to conduct active self-monitoring of symptoms.
  • Under the new guidance, people who have no symptoms and have either a negative PCR or antigen test taken on Day 5 or later, can be released on Day 8 (following 7 days of quarantine).  
  • If the person does not have a test and does not have symptoms, they may be allowed to leave quarantine on Day 11 (following 10 days of quarantine).
  • Under either option, the individual must conduct active monitoring of their symptoms through Day 14 and get tested and isolate if they develop any sign of disease.
  • The guidance for a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 has not changed, which means they should stay in self-isolation for 10 days. They can resume public activities after the 10 days as long as they have gone for 24 hours without a fever and without taking fever-reducing medications like Tylenol and have experienced improvement in other symptoms, such as a cough that has gotten much better.

The Department of Public Health is also updating quarantine guidelines in return to work guidance, effective today. The guidance clarifies that certain sectors may continue to work during their quarantine period to preserve critical societal functions. This is only allowed if the worker remains asymptomatic. These sectors include healthcare workers, first responders, and critical infrastructure workers, as defined by CDC. Please see the guidance attached or online at www.mass.gov/quarantine

Barnstable County Updates

Case Numbers and Figures : Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (barnstablecountyhealth.org)

Hyannis & Falmouth Testing Sites coming soon

Testing Update

Governor Baker announced today (https://www.mass.gov/governor-updates) that state-supported testing capacity is being expanded and offered regionally. This expansion will increase testing sites beyond existing Stop the Spread sites and be available in 25 communities, open to all Massachusetts residents.

The Administration has expanded large capacity and express Stop the Spread sites in Framingham, New Bedford, and Lynn. Framingham began its testing today and the other sites will open over the next couple of weeks. These sites will be able to offer testing to approximately 1,000 residents a day. Details are available on www.mass.gov.

Baker-Polito Administration Submits Initial Vaccine Order to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Press Release

https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-submits-initial-vaccine-order-to-the-us-centers-for-disease

December 3, 2020

Weekly Dashboard

DESE Revises Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 in Schools

November 25, 2020

Weekly Dashboard

As Massachusetts residents plan for the Thanksgiving holiday, State and Local Officials offer the following considerations to help keep our friends, families, and communities safe during COVID-19. If you host or attend a holiday celebration, keep it small to those people you live with or a small group of individuals whom you are regularly in contact.  Consider the data and that higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Limit nonessential travel to only low-risk areas, and when participating in a celebration, please be sure to follow public health guidance.

While enjoying any time off or when returning to work, please be cognizant that on November 6, 2020, Governor Charles Baker issued Order No. 55 requiring the use of face coverings by all people in Massachusetts over 5 years of age when in public locations, whether indoors or outdoors.  Public locations consist of any place open to the public, including public streets and ways and places of employment. 

Nationally and locally we are experiencing another surge in COVID-19 cases.  In Bourne the predicted average daily cases per 100,000 has increased from 11.2 to 15.4 during this reporting period.  It is imperative that we remain vigilant with social distancing, handwashing, and wearing masks.  Thank you for doing your part in continuing to keep each other safe and healthy during the holiday season.

November 20, 2020

Department of Labor Standards – Online Form

Proposals to plan for an outdoor activity not provided for in sector-specific guidance:

www.mass.gov/forms/proposals-to-plan-for-an-outdoor-activity-not-provide...

November 19, 2020

Weekly Dashboard

November 18, 2020

The following was announced during the Governor’s press conference this morning.  DPH has issued updated quarantine guidance that takes effect today:

While the initial guidance to quarantine for 14 days after exposure still stands, this additional guidance will allow those who have been exposed to COVID to test out of quarantine after 10 days if they meet ALL of the following parameters:

  • They have not had, and do not have, any symptoms of COVID;
  • If they are tested on day 8 of their quarantine period or later using a molecular diagnostic test, a PCR test, and receive a negative test result; and
  • They must monitor themselves for symptoms for the full 14 days. Any individual that develops symptoms should contact their local health care provider and be re-tested.

November 17, 2020

Below are links about the travel order and the current list of lower risk states.

Please note that the Lower-risk state list was last updated: November 13, 2020. (District of Columbia, New York, Washington State removed as lower-risk, effective 12:01AM on November 14, 2020)

Massachusetts residents are urged to limit any out-of-State travel only to States designated as COVID-19 lower-risk States.

November 10, 2020

Weekly Dashboard

November 6, 2020

The following COVID-19 sector-specific safety standards have been updated effective November 6, 2020 to align with the COVID-19 orders announced earlier this week:

November 3, 2020

Bourne Weekly Dashboard

Find a Test Site Near You

November 2, 2020

Limits on Gatherings, Revised Face Coverings Order, Early Closures & Stay at Home Advisory

Effective November 6, 2020

Governor's COVID-19 Order #54 made adjustments to gathering limits: 

  • Indoor gatherings at private residences limited to 10 people
  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences limited to 25 people

Governor's COVID-19 Order #55 will require face coverings or masks to be worn in public places in addition to maintaining social distancing.

  • Masks should be worn in gatherings >10 people who are not your household family members
  • Exemptions apply

Mandatory Night-Time Closing Period for Certain Businesses and Activities

  • 9:30PM - 5:00AM
  • Exclusions apply
  • Stay at Home Advisory

October 31, 2020 

Emergency Absentee Ballot. The Secretary of State’s office has a process for requesting an absentee ballot in the event of being required to quarantine or admission to a healthcare facility. The link for that process is here:  www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleabsentee/absidx.htm

October 29, 2020

Please take a look at the Pandemic Update attached below. Our percent positivity in Bourne is 1.09% per this reporting period.  https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-october-29...

October 28, 2020

Bourne Weekly Dashboard Posted

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