03/21/2021 by outercapehealthservices 0 Comments
COVID-19 VACCINATION AND TESTING INFORMATION
Outer Cape Health Services continues to schedule vaccinations per Massachusetts Vaccination eligibility guidelines. To request/schedule a vaccination at one of our three health centers, call 508-905-2888.
We also are currently offering walk-in vaccination appointments.
Alternatively, the Cape Cod Community College site run by Barnstable County and other local pharmacies offer additional access to vaccination.
Some vaccination appointments may also be available on the Mid and Outer Cape at vaxfinder.mass.gov and or by preregistering at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/preregister-for-a-covid-19-vaccine-appointment
Must first download and complete a Patient Registration Form and drop off at one of the OCHS health centers, or FAX to OCHS at: 508-240-1244. Upon receiving the form, an OCHS representative will contact you to schedule an appointment, contingent upon vaccine availability.
If you require an attestation form, please click below:
For more information on the state's vaccine timeline phases, eligibility and locations for receiving a COVID-19 vaccination in Massachusetts, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
COVID-19 Testing: Asymptomatic and Symptomatic with Outer Cape Health Services:
Outer Cape Health Services provides both Asymptomatic and Symptomatic testing services for COVID-19.
Testing sites and hours for prescheduled appointments are:
OCHS Harwich Port Health Center, 710 Rt. 28:
OCHS Wellfleet Health Center, 3130 State Highway Route 6:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm
OCHS Provincetown Health Center, 49 Harry Kemp Way:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 12:30pm-2:30pm
To receive a test, call Outer Cape Health Services at 508-905-2888.
Antigen tests are free via a Massachusetts Department of Public Health initiative providing OCHS with Abbott BinaxNOW™ rapid tests for COVID-19.
Testees who test negative will be notified via text message. Testees who test positive will be contacted directly by OCHS via a phone call. Tests may be billed to individuals with insurance but not charged a co-pay; however, no one will be turned away. Insurances will be charged for the costs of administering your vaccination but not the actual vaccine which is free.
Outer Cape Health Services will also continue to provide symptomatic tests at all three sites and bill insurance. If an individual is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has been referred to testing related to contact tracing, the individual should call OCHS first for a telehealth screening visit.
For individuals seeking testing for travel related-reasons, a $110 fee applies for the required PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) molecular test to meet state requirements.
For questions and information on current Massachusetts Travel Orders regarding COVID-19, click here.
The procedure and protocol for SYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 testing at Outer Cape Health Services are as follows:
- OCHS requires a physician’s order for testing, whether from an OCHS physician or a non-OCHS referring physician. Individuals requesting testing, will first be screened for symptoms to make a testing determination. Symptoms for COVID-19 can include fever, chills, shaking chills, coughing and signs of a lower respiratory illness, as well as fatigue, sore throat, headache, body aches or new loss of a sense of taste or smell. Risk factors for contraction of the coronavirus include close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
- If an individual believes that they meet the criteria for testing, please call Outer Cape Health Services first at 508-905-2888. Please DO NOT come into any of our health centers. If an individual is asymptomatic but is requesting testing related to contact tracing purposes, we will assist per state guidelines.
- Test samples will be taken for testing after all clinical information is considered and a risk assessment is done by an Outer Cape Health Services clinician.
- If we confirm that testing is required, we will schedule an outdoor drive-through test at one of our health centers.
- Once a test result is received, an OCHS staff member will contact the tested symptomatic patient with their respective results and provide further medical counseling.
What should I do if I feel symptoms?
Individuals with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
- If you have any of the above symptoms, you will need to make an appointment with a clinician for a telemedicine visit. Please do not come to the health center.
- When you call, we will ask you a few questions including whether you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of contracting the novel coronavirus/COVID-19.
- We will help you get the care and assistance you need based on our screening.
- For an immediate medical emergency, individuals should call 9-1-1
Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
How do I keep myself and others from getting sick?
As always, each of us can take steps to reduce the spread of germs including:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.