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    “Stop the Spread” COVID-19 Testing Coming to Nantucket

    Free asymptomatic testing at Nantucket Cottage Hospital

     

    (October 14, 2020) Free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic individuals will be available at Nantucket Cottage Hospital starting Friday, Oct. 16 through the state’s “Stop the Spread” strategic testing program. 

    With Nantucket designated by the state as a high-risk area for coronavirus transmission, the island will become the latest community to launch a Stop the Spread testing site. The program supports the testing of asymptomatic individuals to stop the spread of COVID-19 by providing low barrier, free, and easy-to-access testing for those with no symptoms. The state will provide funding for up to 75 asymptomatic COVID-19 tests per day at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    “Testing is one of our best tools to identify new cases, isolate them, and prevent further spread of the virus in the island community,” said Gary Shaw, President & CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. “The ‘Stop the Spread’ testing is an excellent complement to our already aggressive COVID-19 testing program we have implemented in partnership with the Town of Nantucket. I want to thank our state representatives, Sen. Julian Cyr and Rep. Dylan Fernandes, for their support in bringing these additional resources to Nantucket, as well as Ann Prestipino and the team at Mass General Brigham for their assistance.”

    “This is the culmination of the hard work and collaboration with our elected officials, the town and the hospital,” said Roberto Santamaria, Health & Human Services Director for the Town of Nantucket. 

    Stop the Spread Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing at NCH, Lane 2 

    Eligibility: 

    • Open to all asymptomatic individuals seeking COVID-19 testing

    • Testing is not restricted to residents of the cities and towns where sites are located

    • You don’t need to have any symptom(s)

    • No cost to you

    • You do not need to have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual

    Requirements for Stop the Spread testing at NCH: 

    1. Must be registered with Mass General Brigham. Before you can be tested for COVID-19 through the Stop the Spread program at NCH, you must be registered with Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners Healthcare) by calling 866-211-6588. If you have received care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital in the past you are already registered, however, it is a good idea to confirm and update your information by calling the number above. Hours of operation to call and register: 7:30 a.m.  – 6 p.m. Mon-Thurs; and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays.

    2. Must sign-up for the Patient Gateway. To receive your testing results, you must be signed-up for the Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway. To sign up, click the link sent to your personal email address after registering with Mass General Brigham or download the Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway APP at the Apple App Store or Google Play

    3. Minors: Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can give consent to be tested. Parents or guardians may receive testing results by e-mailing e-mailing NCHHIM@partnershealthcare.onmicrosoft.com or by faxing a request to 508-825-8326.

    Stop the Spread Testing Location and Hours of Operation: 

    • Testing hours: 

    • Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    • Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    • Nantucket Cottage Hospital, main entrance portico, Lane 2

    • No appointment necessary. Drive-through in your vehicle, and walk-ups accepted. 

    • Stop the Spread testing on Nantucket will be available through Nov. 7, subject to extension pending local conditions on the island. 

    COVID-19 Testing for individuals with symptoms and close contacts, Lane 1

    For anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 and close contacts* of confirmed cases, testing at Nantucket Cottage Hospital will remain the same. These individuals should arrive without an appointment at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital drive-through evaluation site, Lane 1, at the main entrance portico. The costs of these medically-necessary COVID-19 tests are completely covered whether you have insurance or not. The criteria to be tested include at least one of the following signs or symptoms consistent with a viral respiratory syndrome:

    • Subjective/documented fever

    • New sore throat

    • New cough

    • New runny nose/nasal congestion

    • New shortness of breath

    • New muscle aches or

    • Anosmia (new loss of sense of smell or taste)

    • Atypical symptoms concerning for COVID-19 (e.g. COVID toes)

    COVID-19 testing hours of operation for individuals with symptoms and close contacts:

    • Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Saturday to Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

     

    * A “close contact” is defined as any individual within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient) for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before the onset of illness.

    COVID-19 testing for pre-procedural patients, Lane 1
    Patients who are required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to a surgery or procedure may proceed without an appointment to Lane 1 of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital drive-through at the main entrance portico for testing during the following hours: 

    • Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Saturday to Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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