COVID-19 test kits available at three Bourne locations

BUZZARDS BAY – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health delivered cases of COVID-19 kits to City Hall on Wednesday for residents and visitors seeking to get tested for the highly contagious variants of the virus that are rapidly evolving and have been reported to drive up hospitalization rates.

Bourne Health officer Terri Guarino said those worried about waning immunity to COVID because they were vaccinated or boosted months ago can get home testing for the variants. Omicron of BA.4 and BA.5.

Test kits are available at City Hall on Perry Avenue, the Main Street Community Center foyer in Buzzards Bay and the Bourne Public Library, Sandwich Road in Bourne Village.

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Health worker warns to be ‘vigilant’

Faced with ever-changing variations and their unpredictable severity, Guarino urges city dwellers to be “vigilant” about their surroundings, especially indoors.

“Be careful if you mix in large gatherings,” she said. “Get tested. These are quick 15 minute tests. They are very sensitive.

COVID-18 test kits are available at Bourne Town Hall on Perry Avenue, seen above, Main Street Community Center foyer, Buzzards Bay and Bourne Public Library, Sandwich Road, Bourne Town.

Bourne had 42 cases in two weeks

She said her office had recorded 42 cases of COVID-19 over a 14-day period since July 13.

The state’s 14-day positivity rate was 6.04%. Barnstable County came in at 7.02%, and Dukes and Nantucket’s 14-day positivity rate was 16.01%, the highest in the state, the DPH report said July 7.

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As of July 6, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis was treating 18 coronavirus patients. There were no patients in intensive care. Falmouth Hospital reported 10 patients, none of whom were in intensive care. There were four coronavirus patients at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, but none in intensive care. Nantucket Cottage Hospital has listed one patient with coronavirus. This patient was not in intensive care.

In terms of viral messaging, health board chairman Stanley Andrews said there was no cause for alarm.

“We are doing well on COVID,” he said.

For more information on COVID-19 rates and other information, go to www.capecod.gov.

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