Safe, effective and accessible COVID-19 testing is available for the Cape Cod community by appointment only at two drive-through facilities located in Hyannis and Falmouth:
Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8am-noon
Barnstable County Fairgrounds, Falmouth
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 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.
The testing method utilized at these sites is a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) nasal swab test, considered the gold-standard for accurately detecting active COVID-19 viral RNA (genetic material) in a collected specimen.
Test results are currently available within 24-96 hours.
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.
Please note: if seeking testing for international travel, it is recommended that you check with your destination's Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health, or with the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page, for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers.
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.
How long does it take to receive results?
Results for testing are currently available in approximately 24-96 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:
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.