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Coronavirus Updates

News and Information for Nantucket

Overview

Nantucket Cottage Hospital is responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Daily COVID-19 Testing Updates (LINK)
Updates are posted around 9 a.m. daily with new COVID-19 testing results for Nantucket.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19 on Nantucket (LINK)

Preparing for a COVID-19 Vaccine (LINK)

  • 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. for non-clinical questions. 
  • Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Nurse Hotline: 617-724-7000. Nurses can respond to general or specific questions about COVID-19 for those who have symptoms, believe they may have been exposed, or are looking to learn more. This hotline is staffed 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days per week. 

We are currently experiencing significant demand for testing. Please be aware that the line for vehicles will be closed when it reaches a volume that we estimate would allow staff to test all those who are waiting and still close the testing site at the scheduled time. Severe weather events will impact our ability to operate the drive-through testing site. Please check this website and our social media pages for updates on closures due to weather.

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

  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
  • Location: Nantucket Cottage Hospital main entrance portico, 57 Prospect Street

Stop the Spread asymptomatic testing hours for those with no symptoms. Up to 75 free asymptomatic tests per day. 

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

Daily COVID-19 Testing Updates
Updates are posted around 9 a.m. daily with new COVID-19 testing results for Nantucket.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19 on Nantucket (LINK)

Nantucket Cottage Hospital 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.

Mass General Brigham COVID-19 Nurse Hotline: 617-724-7000. Nurses can respond to general or specific questions about COVID-19 for those who have symptoms, believe they may have been exposed, or are looking to learn more. This hotline is staffed 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days per week. 

Print COVID-19 Discharge Instructions


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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.

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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