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COVID-19 outbreak hits trendy Cape Cod town

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART MUST CREDIT TRAVIS DAGENAIS ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Provincetown, Massachusetts - 21 April 20211. Street activityVALIDATED UGC - MUST CREDIT TRAVIS DAGENAIS++USER GENERATED CONTENT: This has been authenticated by AP based on the following validation checks:++Checked by regional experts against known locations and events++Consistent with independent AP reporting++Cleared for use by all AP clients by content creator Travis Dagenais++Mandatory on-screen credit Travis DagenaisProvincetown, Massachusetts - 4 July 20212. STILL of Travis DagenaisANNOTATED TEXT: Travis Dagenais thought COVID was over when he planned his vacation.ASSOCIATED PRESSBoston - 30 July 20213. SOUNDBITE (English) Travis Dagenais, Boston resident:"And all signs were go all signs, were you are safe. We are going back to normal. Provincetown is open for business. Come on down."++WHITE FRAMES++ ++PARTIALLY COVERED++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Travis Dagenais, Boston resident:"Masks were not being used, there was very little social distancing, at least in my activities, all the bars and nightclubs were open and ready for business. The one time there was any sort of mitigation effort was when I had to show my vaccine card on my phone for one outdoor event. But really, all signs, both from the town and from the CDC were, we're good to go, you're safe. Let's do it." ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Provincetown, Massachusetts - 21 April 20215. Various of restaurant workersANNOTATED TEXT: The CDC said in May that vaccinated Americans generally did not need to wear masks indoors.ASSOCIATED PRESSBoston - 30 July 20216. SOUNDBITE (English) Travis Dagenais, Boston resident:"By the time I got back to Boston on Tuesday evening, July 6th, I did start to develop some symptoms, did not first read as COVID to me, especially given all of the safety measures and guidance that I had been taking in. But within a couple of days, what had started as a cold turned into something much more severe."++WHITE FRAMES++ 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Travis Dagenais, Boston resident:"Overall, for me, I approached my Provincetown trip as life is back to normal. That in retrospect, especially as we learn more about the delta variant, was an error on my part. But there was also a lot of mixed messaging and mixed signals that were coming at me and a lot of other people that made my personal risk calculation and I imagine larger, broader risk calculations for a lot of people, a little bit risky and dangerous."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:In another big setback for the nation's efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots. Health officials on Friday released details of that research, which was key in this week's decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant is fueling infection surges. The authors say the findings suggest the CDC's mask guidance should be expanded to include the entire country.The COVID-19 outbreak that Provincetown, a seaside tourist spot on Cape Cod in the county with Massachusetts' highest vaccination rate, has so far included more than 900 cases. About three-quarters of them were people who were fully vaccinated.Travis Dagenais visited Provincetown over the Fourth of July weekend. He was among the many vaccinated people infected and said the trip was a mistake in hindsight.Like many states, Massachusetts lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in late May, ahead of the traditional Memorial Day start of the summer season. Provincetown this week reinstated an indoor mask requirement for everyone.Dagenais credits being vaccinated with easing the worst of the flu-like symptoms in a couple of days. He has since recovered.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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