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Coronavirus Updates

News and Information for Nantucket

Overview

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is responding to the coronavirus pandemic.


Daily Updates on COVID Testing & Confirmed Cases for Nantucket

Around 9 a.m. daily, this link will be updated to reflect testing results and confirmed cases on Nantucket.

NCH COVID-19 Hotline: 508-825-1339: Questions about COVID-19 on Nantucket and island testing capacity? This hotline is staffed Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Drive-Through Evaluation Site at Main Entrance

If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose or nasal congestion, shortness of breath, muscle aches, a loss of your sense of smell, or atypical symptoms concerning for COVID-19 (e.g. COVID toes), please come to the drive-through evaluation site at the main entrance of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, 57 Prospect Street. There is no need to call ahead. Testing without an appointment is also open to close contacts of individuals with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing hours of operation for those with symptoms & close contacts:

  • Monday to Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Stop the Spread asymptomatic testing hours of operation : 

  • Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday: CLOSED

IMPORTANT: Before you can be tested you must be registered with Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners Healthcare) by calling 866-211-6588. If you have received care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital in the past you are already registered, however, it is a good idea to confirm and update your information by calling the number above. Hours of operation to call and register: 7:30 a.m.  – 6 p.m. Mon-Thurs; and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.


Disclaimer: This website may contain third-party materials and/or links to third-party materials and third-party websites for your information and convenience. Partners HealthCare is not responsible for the availability, accuracy, or content of any of those third-party materials or websites nor does it endorse them. Prior to accessing this information or these third-party websites you may be asked to agree to additional terms and conditions provided by such third parties which govern access to and use of those websites or materials.

Helpful Links-Updates

Daily Updates on COVID Testing & Confirmed Cases for Nantucket

Daily at 5 p.m., this link will be updated to reflect testing results and confirmed cases on Nantucket.

NCH COVID-19 Hotline: 508-825-1339

Print COVID-19 Discharge Instructions

Questions about COVID-19 on Nantucket and island testing capacity? This hotline is staffed Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19 on Nantucket



If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose or nasal congestion, shortness of breath, muscle aches, a loss of your sense of smell, or atypical symptoms concerning for COVID-19 (e.g. COVID toes), please come to the drive-through evaluation site at the main entrance of Nantucket Cottage Hospital, 57 Prospect Street. There is no need to call ahead. Testing without an appointment is also open to close contacts of individuals with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing hours of operation for those with symptoms & close contacts:

  • Monday to Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Stop the Spread asymptomatic testing hours of operation : 

  • Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday: CLOSED

IMPORTANT: Before you can be tested you must be registered with Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners Healthcare) by calling 866-211-6588. If you have received care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital in the past you are already registered, however, it is a good idea to confirm and update your information by calling the number above. Hours of operation to call and register: 7:30 a.m.  – 6 p.m. Mon-Thurs; and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.


Helpful preventative measures

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Follow these five steps to wash your hands the right way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. You can count to 20 to be sure you have scrubbed for the right amount of time.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Download a PDF on the best practices for hand-washing >

The growing spread of COVID-19 has created a lot of anxiety and uncertainty for many people, including children and teens. As parents and caregivers, it can be difficult to talk with your kids about this global pandemic and address their concerns. In this video, Gene Beresin, MD, executive director of the MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, offers helpful tips about how to engage with children of all ages to support and maintain emotional stability during this evolving situation.

Disclaimer: This website may contain third-party materials and/or links to third-party materials and third-party websites for your information and convenience. Partners HealthCare is not responsible for the availability, accuracy, or content of any of those third-party materials or websites nor does it endorse them. Prior to accessing this information or these third-party websites you may be asked to agree to additional terms and conditions provided by such third parties which govern access to and use of those websites or materials.

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COVID-19 testing appointments for asymptomatic patients (no symptoms)

In collaboration with the Town of Nantucket, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has expanded testing for COVID-19 to include adult individuals who are asymptomatic, or not experiencing any symptoms, by appointment at our drive-through evaluation site. This service is for individuals who are 18-years-old or older, and is intended to enhance Nantucket’s community COVID-19 surveillance testing capability.

Employers and individuals must complete this online application form to apply for this elective, PCR COVID-19 test. The Town of Nantucket has grant funds available to cover the costs of testing for those deemed to be a public health priority by the local Health Department. For all others, the cost of this elective test is $150 per person. All patients must complete the online form, be registered with Mass General Brigham, and sign-up for the Patient Gateway before they can be scheduled for a test.

COVID-19 testing for symptomatic patients

Patients of any age with one or more symptoms of COVID-19 should arrive without an appointment at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital drive-through evaluation site at the main entrance portico. The criteria to be tested include at least one of the following signs or symptoms consistent with a viral respiratory syndrome:

  • Subjective/documented fever
  • New sore throat
  • New cough
  • New runny nose/nasal congestion
  • New shortness of breath
  • New muscle aches or
  • Anosmia (new loss of sense of smell)
  • Atypical symptoms concerning for COVID-19 (e.g. COVID toes)

Patients who meet criteria will receive a PCR COVID-19 test which may determine if an individual has the virus at the time of the test. A swab is obtained from the individual to test for the presence of the virus. The test does not determine whether the individual may have had the virus in the past or has contracted it in the days immediately preceding the test. This is not an antibody test. Results can be expected within 24 to 48 hours. The costs of these medically-necessary PCR tests are completely covered whether you have insurance or not.

COVID-19 testing hours of operation:

Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday to Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A Message from Gary Shaw and Dr. Diane Pearl

Life Changing.

The past year has been incredibly challenging but has also shown us the remarkable spirit and sense of community that make our island such a special place to live and work. At Nantucket Cottage Hospital, the coronavirus pandemic has posed enormous difficulties for our staff members and the organization as a whole, but at the same time, it has brought us together in a shared sense of purpose to serve our community and help navigate these uncharted waters. Read more and show your support.

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