03/11/2020 by outercapehealthservices 0 Comments
Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Vaccines
With limited supply available of the Moderna Vaccine, Outer Cape Health Services is currently scheduling vaccinations for Phase 2/Groups 1 and 2, including individuals age 65+ and individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions per Massachusetts Phase 2 Vaccination guidelines. If you are an eligible OCHS patient, please contact us if we have not reached you to discuss your vaccination needs.
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.
An attestation form must be signed by:
*An individual not 65+ and accompanying an individual 75+ as a caregiver wanting vaccination
*An individual with two co-morbidities age 18+ wanting the Moderna vaccination
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
All Cape Cod residents can now receive 24 hours advance notice when a Barnstable County COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be opening for registration. Sign up for email notifications at http://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org
Some vaccination appointments may also be available on the Mid and Outer Cape at vaxfinder.mass.gov
Barnstable County currently offers a COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine information hotline: 1-774-330-3001. Hotline hours are Monday thru Friday, 8am-4:30pm EST. For more information, visit: https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/covid-19/when-can-i-get-vaccinated
Outer Cape Health Services is not keeping a ‘wait list’ for vaccinations at this time. For general questions and information on COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit the Mass. Dept. of Public Health and/or CDC websites below:
COVID-19 Testing: Asymptomatic and Symptomatic with Outer Cape Health Services:
Outer Cape Health Services is now providing 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, individuals must book an appointment in advance by calling Outer Cape Health Services at 508-905-2888. Tests for asymptomatic individuals are free through February 28, 2021 through a state program.
The free antigen testing comes from a state Department of Public Health initiative to local health centers to provide free Abbott BinaxNOW™ tests for COVID-19. The self-administered test provides a high reliability of the results.
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, an OCHS provider wearing full protective gear will meet patients for swabbing outside our Wellfleet or Provincetown health centers to obtain samples.
- Once a test result is received, an OCHS staff member will contact the tested symptomatic patient by telephone 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.