COVID-19 drive-through test site created at CCCC

Patients will need to have to be screened for an appointment.

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Cape Cod Healthcare has set up a site at Cape Cod Community College for drive-through COVID-19 testing.

The testing site will be by appointment only after consulting with a primary care physician, according to hospital officials. It comes after a Sandwich couple tested positive for COVID-19, one of them a teacher at Barnstable Community Innovation School.

During a conference call, Michael Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare, said patients will be “triaged telephonically” and if their symptoms and contact with others correspond, they’ll get an appointment for testing. At risk patients, including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions like diabetes and cancer, will be prioritized, Lauf said.

Lauf detailed how the system will work. Once a patient has an appointment, he will show up to the college site, be greeted by a worker who will check ID with the patient’s window rolled up. A healthcare worker will then swab the patient’s nose, put the sample in a tube, it will be frozen and sent to a lab for testing.

“We certainly understand the patient’s fears and we want to do everything we can to allay those fears,” Lauf said.

The site opens on Tuesday, but was tested on Monday, he said. The hospital has partnered with Barnstable County to offer the drive-through testing. Lauf said it’s a secure site to protect the patient’s privacy. “We have to make sure the safety and privacy of all the patients is adhered to,” he said noting the health privacy regulations.

Testing will be done seven days a week from 8 am to 6 pm by appointment only. No co-pays are being collected for the testing.

“If you don’t have a test scheduled, you’ll be turned away,” Lauf said.

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  1. These tests will begin the process of showing the full scope of this impending disaster. Numbers will skyrocket and people will die. Prepare yourselves. It’s about to get a whole helluva lot worse.

  2. Just a comment to all you conspiracy theorist out there — what if the trump administration was deliberately slowing down the number of test kits becoming available to keep the numbers down? After all, we can only count confirmed case if they test positive.
    We know that trump preferred to keep 3,500 people off shore on a cruise ship because he didn’t want “the numbers to go up”. Does anyone really think he would not deliberately impede the number of test kits available in order to keep the numbers down ?

    • Dondondon. Your comment is outrageous, dangerous and irresponsible and should be censured. It is every bit in the category that MVTimes calls climate skepticism.

      • Yes Andrew,it might be those things.
        But it’s also paints a pretty good picture of how far trump will go to make it appear he was right. I’m sure he would see nothing wrong with doing those things as long as it confirms all his blustering about how this is nothing but a hoax.
        Remember,this is the same man who said last week,and I’m paraphrasing here, “I take no responsibility for the mess we’re in”

      • andrew– Actually, my comment is not in the category of climate skepticism. The reality is that trump has called the virus a hoax, blamed it on democrats wanting to reduce his chances of being re elected, and told people to go to work when they are sick.
        You have often downplayed it yourself. That is denial.
        I have been seriously concerned from the beginning.
        Nothing in my comment above is incorrect. trump is quite capable of doing anything to keep the numbers down, including limiting test kits so cases can’t be confirmed. I am not accusing him of doing that– just commenting that he is capable of it. Do you disagree ? Do you think everything he does is for the benefit of the common person ? You may not like that, but we have clearly seen his willingness to put people in harms way to promote himself.

        There is certainly nothing “dangerous” about my questioning the reason for the dismal response to make test kits available.
        Was it/ is it dangerous for you to claim that Obama was born in Kenya ? That he is a Muslim ? That Bill Clinton, while president, had his political enemies murdered ?
        I am very happy trump is finally realizing the seriousness of the situation, and taking the advice of real heath care professionals.
        He will likely get more votes for that, than tying to deny the numbers by keeping thousands of American citizens on a contaminated cruise ship off shore.

        • I wish the MV Times would allow me to use the word that describes you to a T. Your kind of commentary has nothing to do with joking about political parties. You know as well as I do that I never believed nor said those words about Obama. People on both sides of the aisle are tirelessly working to try to come to a solution and you are nitpicking every word and every action as if you and only know what is to be done. This is demonic. I know you don’t believe in that spirit. Please stop thinking so highly of yourself and give these pages a rest until this is over and then you can resume your foolishness.

          • “This is demonic.” What is demonic is someone willing to bet one thousand dollars that 1000 people will or will not die from this. Demonic is a dollar for a life. There is no, “That’s not what I meant and you know it” equivocation. Sound familiar?
            Andrew, so far your tally is:
            $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
            $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

          • Bulkington. You dont care for lives to begin with hence your support for abortion on demand. Suggesting that a bet which is a metaphor for certainty shows disregard for lives is nonsense. May I bet 1000 dollars that there will not be a war between Bolivia and Afghanistan in the next 2 years? How about betting that no one will die in a war between MV and Nantucket in the next 6 months? I suppose we shouldnt call it the Spanish flu of 1918 which killed millions. Maybe Ebola from Africa didnt come from there but instead came from Easter island. Wouldnt want to be called Racist. Do you understand how silly you sound? Social distancing by me from you is a good thing.

          • Andrew, your problem with being so dishonest on here is that the more you do it, the more everyone sees it. Your wager with Don was no metaphor, so stop lying about it:

            “andrew March 8, 2020 at 6:34 am
            Dondondon. You are always asking me to wager on things. You who politicize the virus and blame it on Trump and exaggerate it beyond proportion, I will now ask you to make a bet with me for one thousand dollars. How about 1000 people in the US die from Coronavirus, Small number since this is a pandemic. If we dont reach that threshold you pay me. You wont take that bet because you know its not gonna happen. As for Trump being a ”complete idiot” will you soon be concerned with Biden’s diminished mental capacity and cognitive decline.? I promise you the 1000 dollars if I lose. I will chase you on your non CO2 spewing bicycle and hand you the money.”

            You try to belittle people for recognizing reality, when, in just this one comment from you from March 8th, you show how little regard you have for the sanctity of life, how little regard you have for the science behind the warnings of the coronavirus, how you blame others for ‘politicizing’ a situation caused by the worst President in our history (whom you worship as chosen by your god), and you lie about Biden’s mental competency, promoting another of Trump’s evil lies. This is why I take screen shots of your most outrageous comments.

      • Andrew, what has been outrageous, dangerous, and irresponsible was denying and minimizing the seriousness of this pandemic, not only by your idiotic Chosen One who had an uncle who went to MIT and that made him an expert, but by people like you who make racist comments about Chinese and place bets on how many lives will be lost. And your Chosen One has brought this country to its knees.

        “A large part of the blame lies with President Trump, who has not wanted widespread testing, apparently out of an obsession with keeping the number of confirmed COVID cases low. It’s why he waffled so long on whether to let the Grand Princess cruise liner, where COVID infections were spreading rapidly, to dock in the United States. “I would rather have them stay on [the ship], personally,” Trump said earlier this month. “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.” His administration turned down tests provided by the World Health Organization and instead wasted precious time having the Centers for Disease Control create its own test. While that was underway, the president denounced the spread of the disease as a Democratic hoax, giving the public a dangerously false sense of complacency just as a pandemic was getting underway.”

        https://www.gq.com/story/inside-americas-coronavirus-testing-crisis?fbclid=IwAR2YqvvEiQQug1aCDw6fQt6Dc_Rr9lCabVAGLAQ-b_c0PLTYwiYATO2eNIU

      • Andrew– And to everyone else here, if you want to see something really dangerous watch this rant by fox “news” host Trish Reagan about the corona virus.
        i am sure the liberals here will find it difficult to watch the whole thing, but I implore my fellow liberals to not stick your heads in the sand, and watch it all to understand the hatred from the conservative side. This is truly dangerous. Pointing out that the president does not care about the lives of Americans is not
        https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trish-regan-coronavirus_n_5e671ea7c5b6670e72fd58df
        And full disclosure— Her show is on “hiatus” , but no apology or retraction has been forthcoming.

  3. Numbers of known cases will certainly increase, but this is knowledge of what has already taken place. Knowing that one is infected, and acting responsibly about it, means that such patients can keep their distances from people not infected. People will not die as a result of testing, but the idea that COVID-19 is a hoax is to die for. (I am not saying that you thought or said such, Islanduh.) This not a drill.

  4. It is not a good idea to drive onto the ferry now, for testing or for anything else, unless it’s an absolute necessity.

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