Nantucket Coronavirus Testing Advisory | April 9, 2020

  • The 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.
  • Our 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 48 hours.
  • 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. 


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4 / 9 / 2020 by


Thank you for this update. I continue to appreciate the communications from NCH on the Covid-19 situation.
It is likely that widespread testing will be needed/required as we return to “normal”. Is there anything that we can do to accelerate expanded testing?

Thanks Bob. We are working very hard to expand our capacity, unfortunately, every other hospital and healthcare organization is doing the same thing and trying to acquire the same resources at the same time. As national capacity improves and new testing technology and methods expand, our local capacity should improve as well.

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