View Barnstable County Health website and COVID-19 Weekly Update
NEW MASSACHUSETTS RESTRICTIONS: Effective Saturday, December 26, 2020 and for at least two weeks, capacity limits will be lowered to 25 percent for most industries, indoor gatherings will be limited to 10, and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25. Per new Gov. Baker orders. View orders HERE
Effective December 7, 2020, the Town of Barnstable must revert to step 1 of phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, as outlined in COVID-19 Order 56. The order specifies that a community must revert to step 1 of phase 3 if it is designated in the “red” category for three consecutive Department of Public Health weekly reports.
View Barnstable BOARD OF HEALTH Updates HERE
View Governor’s January 13, 2021 Update HERE
View Governor’s January 12, 2021 Update HERE
View Governor’s January 8, 2021 Update HERE
View Governor’s January 7, 2021 Update HERE
View Governor’s January 4, 2021 Update HERE
View Governor’s December 30, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s December 23, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s December 22, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s December 8, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s December 7, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s December 1, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s November 23, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s November 18, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s November 13, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s November 10, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s November 2, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s October 28, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s October 27, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s October 13, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s September 29, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s September 23, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s September 17, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s September 9, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s August 18, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s August 11, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s August 7 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s July 31, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s July 16, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s July 2, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s June 19, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s June 6, 2020 Update HERE
View Governor’s June 1, 2020 Update HERE
View Massachusetts interactive map by County HERE
New COVID-19 Test Sites are NOW OPEN FOR APPOINTMENTS
Book an appointment in advance by calling the Community Testing Line at 508 862-5595!
***Anyone who arrives at a test site without an appointment will be turned away. Be sure to schedule your appointment today!***
Hours of operation and location for each of the testing sites are as follows:
Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8am-noon beginning 12/19/20
Barnstable County Fairgrounds, Falmouth
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday only, 10am-2pm beginning 12/15/20
For non-native English speakers, Spanish and Portuguese translation services will be available at both testing sites.
Results are expected within 48 to 72 hours after testing.
Tests are self-administered PCR (polymerase chain reaction) nasal swabs. The Hyannis Fire Department will be on-site at the Melody Tent in Hyannis to assist individuals with the collection of samples; public health volunteers will be on site to assist at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds site in Falmouth. PCR swab tests are currently the most accurate testing method for detecting an active case of COVID-19, but individuals must continue taking steps to mitigate transmission risk even after receiving a negative test result. Individuals arriving at test sites must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth, and are strongly encouraged to do so indoors and outdoors when interacting with others who are not in their household.
Instructions for symptomatic individuals or those referred for testing by a contact tracer: Individuals who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to contact their primary care physician for an initial screening. If individuals do not have a primary care physician, they must call the Community Testing Line at 508-862-5595 to be screened by a Cape Cod Healthcare clinical provider by phone. Afterwards, Cape Cod Healthcare will contact screened individuals to schedule an appointment for testing at a selected drive-through testing location. Payment will be processed through insurance for symptomatic individuals or those notified by a contact tracer of known exposure to another person with an active case of COVID-19.
Instructions for asymptomatic individuals: These sites were designed in part to offer additional COVID-19 testing capacity for individuals not displaying symptoms of the virus. For individuals who suspect that they may have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been contacted by a contact tracer or for those who are taking additional steps to monitor their health, individuals pay an out-of-pocket fee of $75 to receive a test. No one will be denied a test in the event that they are unable to pay. Tests are $110 for those traveling from outside of Massachusetts and receiving this test to comply with state requirements upon return.
These Cape Cod testing sites are supported by funds secured by the Cape and Islands legislative delegation and contributions by Barnstable County and Cape Cod Healthcare. Although all involved wish all testing at these sites for asymptomatic individuals was free, fees for asymptomatic individuals must be charged to ensure the limited funds sustaining these sites do not deplete rapidly. The aim is to sustain this testing program for the next four to six months. Through the efforts of the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, Barnstable County Government, the Cape and Islands legislative delegation, and Cape Cod Healthcare, these sites are able to offer COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic individuals at 50% below the regional market rate. The Cape and Islands legislative delegation continues to urge the Baker-Polito administration to establish at least one “Stop the Spread” testing site on Cape Cod that provides free for all individuals regardless of symptoms and operates in a manner similar to those in all other parts the Commonwealth. As of this week, the closest site of this kind to Hyannis is in New Bedford.
December 11, 2020 – FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine
December 9, 2020 – Governor’s Office Plans for Vaccine Distribution
Doses will then be redistributed for access to 74 hospitals across all 14 counties for front line medical workers. The next 40,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine will be allocated to the Federal Pharmacy Program to begin vaccinating staff and residents of skilled nursing facilities, rest homes and assisted living residences.
Vaccine is being prioritized for these groups to maximize life preservation and to support the health care system. Based on information at this time, Massachusetts is expecting 300,000 first doses of the vaccine to be delivered by the end of December. The first vaccines, manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer, will require two doses administered 3-4 weeks apart. Click here to view the administration’s vaccine website: www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine
While all delivery dates and quantities are subject to change due to ongoing federal approval and allocation, the Administration plans to receive and distribute over 2 million doses to priority population groups by the end of March. In collaboration with the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group, the Administration designated groups of medical workers, first responders and residents most at risk for serious illness to receive the vaccine before the general population. The Vaccine Advisory Group is made up of leading medical, infectious disease and public health experts as well as representatives from communities of color and representatives of high-risk populations. Communities of color and at-risk populations are prioritized throughout the process to maximize life preservation and to prevent serious complications from COVID related illnesses.