Morse didnâ€™t think much of it, five days after the holiday, when the townâ€™s Board of Health logged two new cases of coronavirus.
Alongside the numbers was an unsettling fact: Most of the people testing positive were vaccinated.The good news is that people infected in Provincetown, about three-quarters of whom were fully vaccinated, were, for the most part, not seriously ill; no deaths were reported, and only seven people were hospitalized.
said â€” and people with so-called breakthrough infections may spread the virus to others.In Provincetown, this news has left behind a feeling of whiplash.
Morse, the town manager, said.Steve Katsurinis, the chair of the town Board of Health, said the venues were in line with C.D.C.â€œWe were told, â€˜Now youâ€™re vaccinated, and everyone is vaccinated, you can go out and live the pre-Covid lifestyle,â€™â€ he said.
What puzzled him, he said, was that so many of the infected people were vaccinated.â€œI couldnâ€™t believe, frankly, that vaccinated people were getting and spreading it, the way that the contact tracing people were saying,â€ he said.Days passed, he said, before it was clear that the virus circulating was the Delta variant, â€œand I went, oh, OK.
Morse said he was concerned about overreacting, or making decisions â€œbased on the loudest and most frantic voices.â€.
Morse said, and made it mandatory on July 25.Late-summer Provincetown is a different Provincetown â€” still crowded, but cautious, alert for bad outcomes.Rick Murray, the general manager of the Crown and Anchor, a beachside inn that houses bars and nightclubs, says it is part of the communityâ€™s DNA to be â€œvery, very responsibleâ€ in a health crisis.
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