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Falmouth and Hyannis COVID-19 Test Sites

Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm 

Saturday and Sunday, 8am-noon


Barnstable County Fairgrounds, Falmouth

Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday only, 10am-2pm 


Please note: If you are a patient requiring pre-admission testing for a procedure, your testing will be coordinated with the pre-admissions team and may be conducted at Cape Cod Hospital or Falmouth Hospital.

For non-native English speakers, Spanish and Portuguese translation services will be available at both testing sites.

Results are expected within 24 to 96 hours after testing.  If you received a test at our Falmouth test site and would like to know your results, please call us at (774) 330-3001. We will be answering calls during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm. 

How to get tested

If you are EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 or have been EXPOSED to a person confirmed positive for COVID-19:

  • Call your primary care physician. Your doctor will screen you for COVID-19 if symptomatic and submit an order for testing. You will then be contacted by Cape Cod Healthcare to schedule an appointment for testing at your selected drive-through testing location.
  • If you do not have a primary care physician, call our Community Testing Line at 508-534-7103 to be screened by a Cape Cod Healthcare clinical provider by phone. Cape Cod Healthcare scheduling will then contact you to schedule an appointment for testing at your selected drive-through testing location.
  • If your primary care physician is not affiliated with Cape Cod Healthcare, your doctor can call our Community Testing Line at 508-534-7103 for further direction to submit an order for testing. Cape Cod Healthcare scheduling will then contact you to schedule an appointment for testing at your selected drive-through testing location.

Payment will be processed through insurance for symptomatic or exposed individuals. If uninsured, the out-of-pocket cost is $75. Accommodations will be made if unable to pay, as no one seeking testing will be turned away.

If you are ASYMPTOMATIC and seeking testing:

Call our Community Testing Line at 508-534-7103 to be scheduled for an appointment for testing at your selected location.

For individuals seeking testing due to travel, the out-of-pocket cost is $110. For asymptomatic individuals seeking 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.

Please refer to the frequently asked questions below for more information on COVID-19 testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to receive results?

Results for testing are currently available in approximately 24-72 hours. All results will be communicated through the MyChart patient portal if the patient has a Cape Cod Healthcare MyChart account and patients with positive results will be called.

Does insurance cover testing? If uninsured, what is my out-of-pocket cost?

Testing is covered by most insurances for symptomatic individuals and for those with known exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. If uninsured, the out-of-pocket cost is $75, with accommodations for anyone unable to pay.

For asymptomatic individuals seeking testing due to travel, the out-of-pocket cost is $110 (ie: for individuals who have returned to Massachusetts from a state and are required to either test or quarantine upon return). For asymptomatic individuals seeking testing to monitor their health, the out-of-pocket cost is $75, with accommodations for anyone unable to pay.

No one will be turned away for inability to pay for testing.

How is my sample for testing collected?

Testing at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis and the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in Falmouth utilize a self-administered nasal swab collection method. Please see the CDC instructions for this method in:

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.

Does Cape Cod Healthcare offer antibody and antigen testing?

Cape Cod Healthcare does not utilize either of these methods for COVID-19 testing, as the PCR test is considered the gold standard for accurately detecting active virus.

Although antibody testing is available through Cape Cod Healthcare Lab Services, an antibody blood test can only detect if you likely had COVID-19 at some point in the past – it won’t tell you when, so it does not help in determining if you are infectious or not. At this time, we do not know if antibodies detected in this test are specific to COVID-19 or to another virus, nor if testing positive for antibodies means a person is immune and how long immunity may last. This type of test cannot be used for clearance from travel restrictions.

An antigen test detects certain proteins in the COVID-19 virus. Although a positive antigen test is considered accurate, this test is not considered “sensitive” and results in an increased chance of false-negative results, meaning it’s possible to be infected with the virus but have a negative test result. This test is also not accepted by the state for clearance from travel restrictions.

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.