Safe, effective and accessible COVID-19 testing is available at Cape Cod Healthcare.
Drive-through community testing
COVID-19 testing is available by appointment at two convenient drive-through testing sites on our hospital campuses:
- Drive through community testing is available to everyone, whether experiencing symptoms or not.
- The testing method utilized is an RT-PCR test, considered the gold standard for accurately detecting active COVID-19 virus in a collected specimen and is accepted by all governments and agencies.
- Test results are currently available within 24 hrs.
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.
Urgent Care testing
COVID-19 testing is available without an appointment at all Cape Cod Healthcare Urgent Care centers across Cape Cod for individuals who wish to be seen by a doctor for their symptoms.
Additionally, walk-in rapid testing is available at Urgent Care for individuals without symptoms who are seeking testing for travel or health monitoring. It is conducted using the Abbott ID Now molecular test, which is also a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). This system uses a different type of PCR technology than RT-PCR which allows for more rapid turnaround and results are available in 15 minutes.
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 within approximately 24 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.
Results for rapid testing are available in 15 minutes.
How is my sample for testing collected?
Drive-through testing on the campuses of Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital utilizes a self-administered nasal swab to collect a specimen. Please see the CDC instructions for this method in:
For rapid testing at Urgent Care, a nurse conducts a nasal swab to collect a specimen.
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.