COVID-19 Information, Resources & Clinics

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
 
Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
 
Barnstable County holds COVID vaccination clinics every Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Harbor View Conference Room, located at 3195 Main Street, Barnstable.  They offer the 1st and 2nd dose of Pfizer and Moderna, AND the booster to eligible individuals.  Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins will not be turned away.  Please visit the following website to register:  https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/barnstable
 
COVID-19 Vaccination
 
Anyone over the age of 5, who lives, works or studies in Massachusetts, is now eligible to get vaccinated. 
 
Effective November 2, 2021, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized by the CDC for use in children ages 5-11.  Multiple other vaccine manufacturers are in the process of developing COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 years old.  Contact your child’s healthcare provider if you have specific questions or to inquire about vaccine availability. 
 
booster eligibility
 
For more information about where to get a vaccine, please visit the following websites: https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/vaccine-information or use https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
 
COVID-19 Test Sites
 
Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing is available at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, off Route 151, in Falmouth, MA. For dates, times and scheduling information, please visit https://bcdhec19testing.timetap.com/#/
Walk-ins will be accepted, but registration is preferred.  COVID-19 testing can also be arranged through your primary care physician or by visiting a local walk-in clinic.  For information on where to get tested, please visit https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/falmouth-and-hyannis-covid-19-test-sites.
 
Help Prevent the Spread
 
Isolate if you are sick, quarantine if you have been exposed and identified as a close contact. 
 
You must isolate if you are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19. This means you must be alone, without direct contact with anyone else, until you can no longer spread the virus. 
 
If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you have NOTE been vaccinated, you must quarantine.
 
  • If, 10 days after your exposure, you have no symptoms, you can end quarantine.
  • You can end your quarantine after 7 days if you get tested and are negative for the virus.  You should get tested 5-7 days after exposure. 
If you have NOT been vaccinated, please consider doing so for the protection of yourself and others.  At a minimum:
 
  • Wear a mask in public places, and around people from outside of your household and maintain a distance of six feet from others when in public spaces. 
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently or use hand sanitizer as an alternative.
  • If you have a fever or have any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and sanitize high-contact household surfaces often, including doorknobs, handles, keyboards, remotes, and common surfaces.
  • Follow the Quarantine Advisory for out-of-state travelers.  To view the current Travel Advisory, please visit www.mass.gov/matraveler.  All travelers are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines and advisories for travel, which can be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
If you are fully vaccinated, you can continue to protect yourself and other by:
 
  • Choosing to wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission to help reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others.
  • Choosing to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.  People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
  • Paying close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must: 
 
  • Follow the guidance at your workplace and at local businesses.
  • Wear a mask when travelling on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • Get tested three (3) days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay home and away from others. If your test is positive, isolate at home for 10 days.
Are You A Close Contact?
 
You are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person if:
 
  • You were within 6 feet of them while indoors, for at least 15 minutes, while they were symptomatic or within the 48 hours before symptom onset.
  • You were within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of someone while indoors, who tested positive for COVID-19 in the 48 hours before their test was taken or anytime in the 10 days after the test.
Instructions for Symptomatic Individuals
 
  • If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, headache, new loss of taste or smell, or gastrointestinal illness, call your primary care physician. Your doctor will screen you over the phone, and may refer you for testing.
  • To check your symptoms and receive information about appropriate healthcare resources, use Buoy Health’s online resource by visiting https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptom-checker/?configuration=ma_covid&conce...
  • Free testing is available at select locations throughout the Commonwealth. You do not have to have symptoms to be tested.  For a full list of COVID-19 test sites, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test.
  • If you are in crisis, please call 9-1-1 and disclose your symptoms to the operator.
Waiting for Test Results?
 
If you think you may have COVID-19 and are waiting for a COVID-19 test result, STAY HOME and monitor your health to protect your friends, family, and others from possibly getting COVID-19. If you have been tested for COVID-19 for any reason, assume that you could be infected with the virus and stay home and away from others. Information on how to isolate and quarantine may be found here:
 
“Answer the Call” from Contact Tracers
 
When someone tests positive for COVID-19, a public health nurse from the Town of Mashpee, or a contact tracer from the Community Tracing Collaborative will reach out by phone to that person, and then their close contacts. These contact tracers are crucial to slowing the spread of the virus. Contact Tracers will make sure residents are getting the medical attention and support they need during isolation and quarantine. The caller ID may show that the call is coming from “MA COVID Team”, or it could be an unknown number. Information shared during the call is strictly confidential and is treated as private medical information. Residents who receive a phone call from the MA COVID Team are urged to take the call and provide the relevant information. Contact Tracers will never require your social security number or health insurance ID number.
 
Learn about MassNotify
 
MassNotify is a new tool that works through smartphones, with a focus on privacy, to alert users who may have been exposed to COVID-19. You can enable MassNotify on your iPhone or Android phone to add another tool to our fight against the spread of COVID-19 and help Massachusetts reopen safely.  Visit the following website to learn how to enable MassNotify on your phone:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/learn-more-about-massnotify
 
Mask Use in Public
 
Effective May 29, 2021, the Commonwealth’s Face Covering Order was rescinded. Face coverings are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings. The Department of Public Health issued a public health advisory, effective May 29th, that urges all unvaccinated residents to continue to wear face-coverings in indoor settings and when they cannot socially distance.  For complete information on the new Covid mask requirements, please visit the following website:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements
 
Mashpee COVID-19 Case Numbers
 
To ensure that our residents are receiving consistent information about case numbers, the Mashpee Board of Health is referring all such inquiries to the MA Department of Public Health. COVID-19 case numbers will be updated on the COVID-19 Weekly Public Health Report every Thursday, and can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-cases-quarantine-and-monitoring. For information about regional cases on Cape Cod, please visit https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/case-numbers-and-figures.
 
Crisis Counseling Resources
 
  • Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. During this unprecedented time, it can feel overwhelming to receive constant messages about COVID-19. Call or text their 24/7 helpline at 877-870-4673.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline offers immediate crisis counseling through their 24/7 national hotline at 1-800-985-5990.
  • Call 2-1-1 and choose “Call2Talk” for emotional support.
Blood Donations Needed Urgently
 
Governor Baker has deemed “Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities” as an essential service. Donating blood is a necessity to supply hospitals with the blood our neighbors require. Donating blood is safe and people should not hesitate to give. Those who are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give blood or platelets are urged to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible.
 
  • Donations via Cape Cod Healthcare: visit https://www.capecodhealth.org/ways-to-give/blood-center/.
  • Donations via the Red Cross: To ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic, blood donation is essential and safe. Those who are feeling healthy and well are encouraged to donate life-saving blood and platelets, and are asked to schedule a donation throughout the coming months.  Due to enhanced safety protocols and social distancing, donors MUST be pre-registered for an appointment, as drives will not be able to accommodate walk-ins at this time. The Red Cross encourages individuals who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to sign-up to give convalescent plasma by completing the Donor Information Form on RedCrossBlood.org/plasma4covid.  To be eligible to donate convalescent plasma, individuals must meet all regular blood donor requirements and be symptom free and fully recovered from the virus. For more information or to schedule a donation, visit the website at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Up-to-Date COVID-19 Resources
 
Last Updated:  November 4, 2021