Access to Nantucket Cottage Hospital and to the Island During Pandemic
Nantucket is under a State of Emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic and Nantucket Cottage Hospital is requesting that island residents do not come to the hospital unless they need emergency care that would require them to be admitted, have an urgent health matter that cannot wait, or are an expecting mother in labor. As this situation evolves we will need to focus all our resources on those who need immediate care.
We are also advising anyone traveling to the island, or anyone who has come here to shelter from other cities or towns, that Nantucket has limited medical resources and a surge of cases could quickly overwhelm our hospital. If you have a choice to be on Nantucket or not, we are requesting that you make the decision to stay off the island to avoid a potentially dire scenario for our community and our hospital.
We need everyone on Nantucket to stay home now. Residents should follow every precaution with regards to social distancing, hygiene, hand-washing, and disinfecting much-used surfaces.
The drive-through evaluation site at the main entrance of Nantucket Cottage Hospital will continue to operate and island residents who are feeling symptoms of respiratory illness should utilize this service. Please do not come to the drive-through if you are well and do not have symptoms. It is not a voluntary testing site. The drive-through is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.