Nantucket COVID-19 Testing Expansion
The Town of Nantucket and Nantucket Cottage Hospital are collaborating to expand the island’s COVID-19 testing capacity ahead of the summer season. If you are considering being tested even if you do not have symptoms, click on the image on the right side of this screen.
This new public-private collaboration between the town, the hospital, and island employers, will enhance Nantucket’s community COVID-19 surveillance testing capability by expanding testing to asymptomatic individuals. The goal is to test those without symptoms, identify and isolate new cases of COVID-19, and then conduct contact tracing. These are the most effective tools currently available to control the spread of the virus in the community, along with everyday preventative actions like physical distancing, wearing face covering in public, hand hygiene, vigilant disinfecting of much-used surfaces and staying home when you feel sick.
Priorities for testing will be set by the Town of Nantucket Health Department, starting with first responders and essential workers in high-traffic industries. Testing will focus on those most at risk for exposure to and transmission of COVID-19 in the island population, with the highest prioritization given to home health aides, grocery and convenience store workers, clergy, and the transportation workforce. Initial testing of high priority individuals will be conducted by invitation from the Health Department.
The testing program also includes a self-pay option for low-risk employers, residents and visitors to sponsor COVID-19 tests for their staff members, individuals and families at $150 per test.
Asymptomatic testing will be conducted by appointment only at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital COVID-19 drive-through evaluation site at the main entrance portico of the hospital. All asymptomatic patients being tested must register in advance for the Partners Patient Gateway, the online patient portal tool developed by Partners HealthCare System, Inc. that will allow them to view their test results. Through the Select Board and Finance Committee, the Town of Nantucket has allocated up to $100,000 toward this testing to cover the costs of those designated as a high-priority by the Health Department.
Nantucket Cottage Hospital emphasizes that all patients with one or more symptoms of COVID-19 may continue to present at the drive-through evaluation site for testing without an appointment, and that the costs of these medically-necessary tests are fully covered regardless of insurance coverage. Criteria include at least one of the following signs/symptoms consistent with a viral respiratory syndrome:
- Subjective/documented fever
- New sore throat
- New cough
- New runny nose/nasal congestion
- New shortness of breath
- New muscle aches or
- New Anosmia (loss of sense of smell) and
- Atypical symptoms concerning for COVID-19 (e.g. COVID toes)
- As well as asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 patients
Steps to Register for a COVID-19 PCR test at Nantucket Cottage Hospital
You cannot be scheduled for a testing appointment at NCH until you complete the following two steps:
- You first must register with Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners Healthcare) at (866) 211-6588. If you have received care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital you are already registered but it is a good idea to confirm and update your information.
- Once you are registered:
- Visit and sign-up for the Partners Patient Gateway at https://mychart.partners.org
- Get the Partners Patient Gateway APP at the Apple App store or Google Play.