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Filed in COVID-19 3/14/20 at 6:52 am     2560

Know these Facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

 

NOTICE: JOINT BASE CAPE COD

There are reports of people arriving at Joint Base Cape Cod looking for the recently announced medical facility. It is NOT a hospital, it is NOT open and specifics are still in the planning stages. DO NOT GO to the base. You will be turned away. Please stay home.

Information on How to Get COVID-19 Testing

Cape Cod Healthcare has updated its policy relative to physicians able to order testing for patients.  A physician must have affiliated status with Cape Cod Healthcare’s hospitals to submit a patient’s order for drive-through testing at Cape Cod Community College. By limiting the ability to order testing to physicians in the Cape Cod Healthcare network, the healthcare system will be better able to meet the needs of the community. A physician outside of the Cape Cod Healthcare network will not be able to submit an order for testing.

Follow these steps:

1. If you are experiencing symptoms, including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, call your doctor.

2. Your doctor will screen you over the phone to assess if you should be tested.

3. If your doctor determines you should be tested, he or she will provide an electronic order for the test which is sent directly to the testing facility.

4. Cape Cod Healthcare staff will then call you to set up an appointment for testing. 

REMEMBER you must have an appointment to get tested or you will be turned away.

What if I don’t have a primary care physician?

If you are experiencing symptoms, including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, and do not have a primary care physician, call the dedicated call center at 508-862-5595 to be screened for COVID-19 testing with a Cape Cod Healthcare clinical provider via phone.

If testing is required, the clinical provider will follow the same process of submitting the doctor’s order to the testing team and you will be called with a testing appointment time.

If you are experiencing SERIOUS symptoms and do not have a primary care provider, please visit the triage tents located outside of Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital for screening.

For Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) Patients
Patients of Outer Cape Health Services (OCHS) who believe they meet the criteria for testing should call OCHS at 508-905-2888. Please DO NOT go into any of their health centers. Outer Cape Health Care Services procedures are listed in their entirety on their website.
Coronavirus Information from CDC
 

 


 

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