(Barnstable County) December 23, 2020 — Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) now offers COVID-19 testing options for asymptomatic individuals via outdoor “drive up” testing at its three health center sites in Provincetown, Wellfleet and Harwich Port beginning Wednesday December 23.
HARWICH PORT, MA – November 19, 2020 – Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) today announced that Certified Nurse-Midwife Jodi Belson joins the nonprofit community health center on December 1. Ms. Belson will offer prenatal and post-partum care to women with low health risks as well as family planning and gynecological care. She assumes the practice of retiring Certified Nurse Midwife Meredith Goff, and will see existing and new patients at OCHS’ three locations in Harwich Port, Wellfleet and Provincetown.
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.
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 receivng 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 qeneral questions and information on COVID-19 vacccinations, please visit the Mass. Dept. of Public Health and/or CDC websites below:
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:
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
As always, each of us can take steps to reduce the spread of germs including: