TEMPORARY ADVISORY REGARDING FACE COVERINGS, CLOTH MASKS AND EMPLOYEE COVID TESTING for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center and Tribal Properties. This advisory goes into effect Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

On Tuesday, July 20, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director told the Senate Health Committee that the delta variant of the novel coronavirus is now responsible for 83 percent of all sequenced COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

On Tuesday, July 20, 2021, the Barnstable County Dept. of Human Services Deputy Director provided information stating that we are now seeing a marked case increase in Barnstable County. The spread of the Delta Variant is likely causing this resurgence in cases. Cases are being seen amongst both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, and this variant is more transmissible (“easier to catch”) than the other Variants of Concern. Additionally, from Barnstable County Dept. of Human Services: On May 29, 2021 the Statewide masking mandate was lifted. However, businesses whose activities involve staff contact with patrons indoors and/or patrons’ close contact with one another (within 6 feet, for >15 minutes) may wish to re-assert masking and physical distancing requirements.

All Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe employees and guests fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks within the Community and Government Center and on tribal properties effective July 21, 2021. Physical distancing requirements are in effect as well. This temporary advisory may change based on current COVID-19 case levels. Daily temperature screening and screening forms remain in place.

All Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe employees fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated are also responsible for resuming the bi-weekly COVID-19 testing regimen. Testing is available at the Mashpee Wampanoag Health Service Unit (IHS) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 PM to 3 PM. All appointments must be made prior to 10 AM on Thursdays. Appointments can be made by calling: 508-539-2561

Vaccinations are strongly encouraged for those 12 years of age and older; vaccination appointments can also be made at IHS. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. However, if a fully vaccinated individual becomes symptomatic, they should be tested and wear a mask until receiving test results.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management (508) 477-0208 Ext 103