CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

September 27, 2021

 

CONFIRMED CASES

(PCR Test) - 250

 

 

PROBABLE CASES

(ANTIGEN TEST) - 56

 

 

Important information: 
MA state Covid-19 vaccine COVID Testing Information
Covid-19 testing locatorInformation & Guidance for people in Quarantine (printable instructions here)

FREE PCR COVID-19 TESTING

The Town of Eastham  is partnering with Barnstable County to offer free PCR covid-19 testing at the Eastham Police Station (rear garage) 2550 State Highway Eastham on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 pm staffed by BCDHE and Medical Reserve Corp.  Pre-registration is requested, but walk ins will be accepted. 

Register here: https://bcdhec19testingeasthampd.timetap.com/#/


EASTHAM INDOOR FACE MASK MANDATE 

Effective 8.30.21

mask advisoryOn Thursday, August 26, 2021 the Eastham Board of Health discussed and approved a town wide indoor mask mandate, to be effective Monday, August 30th, 2021.  See below for full order.  Questions and/or concerns can be directed to the Eastham Health Department (508.240.5900 x3230 or health@eastham-ma.gov).  

RULE AND ORDER REQUIRING THE USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PROTECTIVE MEASURES

EFFECTIVE: AUGUST 30, 2021

Pursuant to the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 111, Section 31 and 122, 310 CMR 11.05, 105 CMR 300.200 and all other authorizing statutes and regulations, we the members of the Eastham Board of Health hereby order the following:

 It is recommended that all persons who do not reside in the same household maintain a physical distance of six feet when possible and when in a location that is open to the public.

In addition to physical distancing and in an effort to protect the public health, all persons regardless of vaccination status, including customers and staff in areas accessible to customers, must wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth, such as a fabric or surgical mask.  Wearing a mask is not a substitute for maintain six feet of separation.

Masks or cloth face coverings shall be worn:

  1. Whenever indoors on the premises of a business, club, or place of assembly, including but not limited to retail establishments, restaurants, bars, performance venues, social clubs, event spaces, places of religious worship and municipal buildings.  Food service establishment customers may only remove face coverings when seated; lodging workers and guests are required to wear face coverings inside hallways and common areas.
  2. Personal services (including hair salons and massage/body work) customers and workers are required to wear face coverings.
  3. Masking remains mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems including ride shares, taxis, transportation shelters and CCRTA flex bus.

The face covering requirements of this order shall be in place until it is rescinded by the Eastham Board of Health.

Full vaccination against COVID-19 remains important to reduce hospitalization and morbidity from the virus.  We encourage all eligible persons who are not fully vaccinated to get immunized.  It is recommended that all non-vaccinated individuals wear a face mask in all public areas.

Notwithstanding any provision in this Order, pursuant to guidance issued by the CDC, face coverings should not be placed on young children under two years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance, or anyone who due to disability is unable to wear a mask.

To the extent necessary, this Order shall be enforced by the Eastham Health Agent and Assistant Health Agent.

Whoever violates any provision of this Order may be penalized by a non-criminal disposition process as provided in MGL Chapter 40, Section 21D and the Town’s non-criminal disposition by-law.

If non-criminal disposition is elected, then any person who violates any provision of this Order shall be subject to: for a first offense, a written warning; for a second offense, a penalty in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100); for a third offense, a penalty of two hundred dollars ($200); and for a fourth or subsequent offense, a penalty in the amount of three hundred dollars ($300).  Each day or portion thereof shall constitute a separate offense.  If more than one, each condition violated shall constitute a separate offense.

This Order shall be effective August 30, 2021 and remain in effect until notice is given, pursuant to the Eastham Board of Health’s judgement that the Public Health Emergency no longer exists.


 

VACCINE SITE INFORMATION

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The Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Vaccine Finder at vaxfinder.mass.gov will remain available. There are over 900 locations available with thousands of appointments in every region of Massachusetts. Users can also find information about no wait, walk-up appointments at select locations, accessibility information, and can plan for their appointment using the MBTA trip planner tool. Users can also filter by type of vaccine offered, to ensure that people under 18 or their parents can search for locations that only offer the Pfizer vaccine. Users can also call 211 to access the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line for help booking an appointment.

 


Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Information

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)have authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster for individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine. These residents are eligible to receive their booster shot at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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Massachusetts leads the nation in vaccine administration. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, including against the widely circulating Delta variant. The CDC recommends that protection from COVID-19 is improved with the addition of a booster shot, especially for individuals at higher risk. The Administration has worked with health care providers, retail pharmacies and community partners to ensure the availability of hundreds of locations for eligible residents to receive the authorized Pfizer COVID-19 booster.

Similar to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Massachusetts residents will have a range of options to receive Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses, including more than 460 retail pharmacies. The Administration will continue to make vaccines widely available. The first priority is to increase administration of first and second doses in residents not yet vaccinated. Getting vaccinated remains the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves, their families, and their community. Second, fully vaccinated residents should receive a COVID-19 booster shot when they are eligible and as authorized by the CDC. At this time, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized as a booster.

In order to locate a convenient location for getting a Pfizer COVID-19 Booster:

  1. Visit vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of hundreds of locations to receive a booster.
    1. Select a location and schedule an appointment online
  1. Individuals who are unable to use vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, please contact the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.

The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free. You do not need an ID or health insurance to access a booster. Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at mass.gov/COVID19booster

The quickest and easiest way to schedule a COVID-19 booster appointment or check availability in your area is to use the online system at vaxfinder.mass.gov

To learn when you are eligible for a booster shot, review your Vaccination Record Card for the date of your second shot of COVID vaccine. If you do not have your vaccination record, contact your primary care provider or the retail pharmacy where you were vaccinated. If that is not an option, visit mass.gov/myvaxrecord to learn how to request a copy of your immunization record. **Please note this request could take up to 2 weeks.


Homebound Vaccination Program: Beginning Monday, May 24, the Administration will expand the state’s Homebound Vaccination Program to support in-home vaccinations for all eligible residents who are unable to get to a vaccine site. This expansion will support continued vaccination of hard-to-reach populations and supports the Administration’s goal to make COVID-19 vaccines readily available. 

The Administration launched the Homebound Vaccination on March 29 for individuals who met specific federal criteria, such has requiring significant supports to leave the home for a medical appointment. Beginning May 24, any individual who has trouble getting to a vaccine site is eligible for the homebound program. 

Individuals can call (833) 983-0485 to register for an in-home vaccination. The registration phone line is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and has representatives who speak English and Spanish, as well as translation services available in 100+ languages.

After registering, individuals will be called within five business days by the state’s Homebound Vaccine Provider, Commonwealth Care Alliance, to schedule an appointment. It may take some time to get an appointment, and the quickest way to get vaccinated remains to schedule an appointment at a vaccination site by visiting VaxFinder.mass.gov.

The Homebound Program is primarily using Johnson & Johnson vaccines, a safe and effective vaccine that only requires one visit to an individual’s home. For individuals 12-17 years old who are homebound and would need significant support to leave the home to get to a medical appointment, the Homebound Program is offering Pfizer vaccines. Homebound youth are encouraged to register for the Homebound Program by Friday, May 28 to ensure that an in-home vaccination can be scheduled during the month of June.

More information on the Homebound Vaccination Program here.

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