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How COVID-19 Testing on Cape Cod Will Work

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Cape Cod Healthcare, in partnership with Barnstable County Department of Health and Education, expanded COVID-19 testing capabilities to provide drive-through COVID-19 testing at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable.

Testing at Cape Cod Community College will be available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week initially. This schedule may be revised, as the needs of the community become apparent.

Testing is available to all patients on Cape Cod and the Islands with a doctor’s order. This includes community providers from outside of the Cape Cod Healthcare system. All patients will need to have a doctor’s order and an appointment to receive testing.

It is of utmost importance that patients follow the criteria for receiving testing at this site.

Testing Process


  • If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your primary care office.

  •  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.

    • Falmouth Hospital: 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540

    • Cape Cod Hospital: 27 Park Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

  • You will be asked a series of questions relating to your symptoms, recent activities and possible exposures.

  • If you meet the CDC guideline for testing, your doctor will send your information and prescription for testing to Cape Cod Healthcare. You will then receive a call from a Cape Cod Healthcare scheduler who will provide you with an appointment time.

  • At your designated appointment time, you should arrive at the main entrance to Cape Cod Community College at 2240 Iyanough Road off Mid-Cape Highway Exit 6. You will be directed to testing area in Lot 2/3. Tents have been set up for the testing process.

  • You MUST remain in your car, present a photo ID, such as a state driver’s license or passport, and will then receive a nasal swab by nurse who will be in full personal protective equipment.

  • When the testing is complete, you will receive a copy of discharge instructions with information on how they will be notified of their test result.

  • The entire testing process will take about five minutes.

  • Patients will be tested regardless of their ability to pay; no co-pays will be charged for a COVID-19 test.