Nantucket Coronavirus Testing Advisory | April 9, 2020
coronavirus testing criteria continues to evolve, and in some cases it changes day
to day, but it has become less restrictive from the time we launched the
drive-through evaluation site on March 16.
current testing capacity essentially allows us to test all those patients who
the clinical team feel have a need to be tested. If you are experiencing
symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, sore throat, shortness of
breath, and fever, please come to the drive-through evaluation site. The turnaround
time for test results has been reduced to 24 hours in most cases.
Patients coming to the drive
through should know that specimens are sent out daily, weather permitting, at 3
p.m. to the mainland, so there’s a faster turnaround time if patients are
swabbed before then. Coming after 3 p.m. means turnaround time could be around
The hours for the drive-through
evaluation site remain 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Please note that this Sunday,
April 12th, the drive-through will be open 8:30 a.m. to noon, and
closed in the afternoon. Regular hours will resume on Monday.
This week NCH will be able to launch
some limited in-house testing utilizing the Cepheid analyzer in the NCH lab.
Given that our initial capacity will be small, this service will be used in very limited circumstances when it can make a significant difference in patient care.
We hope this in-house testing
capacity will expand in the weeks ahead but there is no timeframe.