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COVID-19 Testing on Cape Cod

Filed in Community Tips, COVID-19, Healthcare and Insurance 7/13/21 at 6:52 am     30253

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment continues to provide free COVID-19 Testing at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds! Free drive-through PCR testing takes place on the following dates and times at the East Gate (off 151 near Ashumet Road): 

— Thursday, December 2, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

— Thursday, December 9, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

— Thursday, December 16, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

— Tuesday, December 21, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

— Tuesday, December 28, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

— Thursday, January 6, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment is now offering free drive-through COVID-19 PCR testing at the Orleans DPW (40 Giddiah Hill Road, Orleans). Testing takes place every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Click here to schedule your FREE COVID-19 PCR testing appointment at the Orleans DPW>>

Call the Community Testing Line at 508-534-7103 to be scheduled for an appointment for drive-through testing on the campus of Cape Cod Hospital or Falmouth Hospital.

The PCR testing method utilized at this site can detect even the smallest quantities of viral particles. It is considered the gold-standard for accurately detecting active COVID-19 viral RNA (genetic material) in a collected specimen and is accepted by all governments and agencies. Test results are currently available within 24 hours.

For asymptomatic individuals seeking community testing to monitor their health, the out-of-pocket cost is $75. Accommodations will be made for those unable to pay, as no one seeking testing will be turned away. For individuals seeking community testing due to travel, the out-of-pocket cost is $110.

Cape Cod Hospital Campus

Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 7:30am – 11:00am  

Falmouth Hospital Campus

Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 7:30am – 10:30am

To receive a test, call Outer Cape Health Services at 508-905-2888. Please DO NOT come into any of our health centers.

Antigen tests are free via a Massachusetts Department of Public Health initiative providing OCHS with Abbott BinaxNOW™ rapid tests for COVID-19.  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.

For individuals seeking a PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) molecular test, fees will apply for this test type. These tests samples will be processed by Quest Diagnostic Laboratories and billed directly to patient.

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.

OCHS Harwich Port Health Center

Address:  710 Rt. 28

Hours: Tuesdays, 1pm – 2:30pm

OCHS Wellfleet Health Center

Address: 3130 Rt. 6

Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am – 11am

OCHS Provincetown Health Center

Address: 49 Harry Kemp Way

Hours: Mon, Weds, Fri, 12:30pm – 1:30pm


Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is widely available across the state of Massachusetts. Find other sites near you.

  • Please visit the COVID-19 Test Site Locator HERE>. 
  • In many cases, test sites require a pre-screening and referral from your Primary Care Physician before an appointment can be made. 
  • Please DO NOT go into any of these locations without an appointment. For all questions, please contact the test site directly.

Everything you need to know about Testing

Learn the Difference between Diagnostic Tests and Antibody Tests


HOW TO COLLECT YOUR ANTERIOR NASAL SWAB SAMPLE FOR COVID-19 TESTING. See instructions for self-administered nasal swab collection supervised by a health care professional. Please see the CDC instructions for this method in:

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