Health officials have confirmed that 33 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at West Yarmouth nursing home
Provincetown officials issued new directives On Monday people were encouraged to wear masks indoors after an increase in cases in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Most residents of nursing homes who have tested positive for vaccines are vaccinated and do not have or show mild symptoms, according to the DPH. A spokesman for the nursing home said cases were being monitored.
“Our COVID-19 staff and community leaders are working closely with them to monitor positive cases of COVID-19 at Mayflower Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,” Kim Bragoli, director of marketing for Maplewood Senior Living, said in a statement emailed to The Globe on Tuesday. “We are pleased to see that our vaccination efforts have been so clearly effective that the affected population and staff are asymptomatic or displaying very limited symptoms at this time.”
Residents who tested positive were offered monoclonal antibody treatments, according to DPH. All positive employees are said to be “stable”.
Maplewood at Mayflower Place, located at 579 Buck Island Road in West Yarmouth, is a “continuing care retirement community,” according to its website. The facility offers several types of services, including independent living, assisted living, and a nursing and rehabilitation center.
In response to the surge in new cases in the area, the Department of Public Health issued guidelines Monday to control the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in Barnstable County. Among the guidelines are continued weekly testing of any unvaccinated staff and mandatory mask wearing for any visitor, regardless of vaccination status.
Experts warn of a slight increase in cases due to the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant, which is now It accounts for nearly 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the country.
Cases rise in Provincetown declared “group” By the Department of Public Health, officials have found that “opportunities for exposure were prevalent in Provincetown, not focused on one activity or location,” said Vaira Harrick, deputy director of Barnstable County Human Services.
The vast majority of the 132 confirmed cases in Provincetown between July 1 and July 16 were of people who had been vaccinated, according to City Manager Alex Morse.
Provincetown Officials issued new directives On Monday people were encouraged to wear masks indoors after an increase in cases in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Provincetown is reporting an average daily incident rate of 13.8 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents, According to DPH dataFor the two-week period from June 27 to July 10, this was sharply above the statewide average of just 1.4 cases per 100,000 residents for that period.
Elsewhere in Cape Town, Yarmouth reported an average of 2.7 cases per 100,000 residents during that two-week period, and Harwich, 4.5 cases per 100,000. Weekly data for cities and towns is released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health every Thursday.
“We just finished what might be two of the busiest weeks of the entire summer, so when you have a real high density of people in a very tight space, which we saw over the 4th of July weekend, it’s easier for infection to get infected,” said Senator Julian Sayer. “The disease is spreading,” said the communications officer for the Cape Cod COVID-19 response task force.
“Testing is our best tool to stem the slight increase in cases, and vaccination remains our strongest defense in preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death from coronavirus,” he said.
Linda Zwern, former mayor of Bourne, Died of severe COVID-19 complications on Friday, the Cape Cod Times reported. The newspaper said Zweren, 70, a staunch conservative, had not been vaccinated, according to a close friend and neighbour.
In Massachusetts, cases are slowly increasing. Seven-day average of cases in the state the flower It reached 161 last week after hitting a low of 52 cases on June 28.
However, the number of confirmed cases of the virus in vaccinated people remains low in Massachusetts. data A release last week from the Department of Public Health found that 0.1 percent of people in the state who have been vaccinated have contracted the virus. The Department of Public Health has reported 4,450 “breakthrough” cases of the virus among the 4,195,844 people who have been vaccinated as of Saturday.
Massachusetts still has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country: 83.4 percent of adults in the state had received at least one dose of the vaccine as of Monday, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nursing homes also have a few cases throughout Massachusetts. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health, only 6 facilities reported new cases last week, each of which added only one or two cases. Eighty-eight percent of nursing home residents and 73 percent of staff were fully vaccinated as of June 12, according to the Department of Public Health.
Globe staff member Amanda Kaufman contributed to this article.
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