COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

We know that the current situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve rapidly.  Community Health Center of Cape Cod is monitoring the situation with the latest guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide updated information to our patients as it becomes available.  The best way to avoid getting sick, and to avoid spreading a virus is to wash your hands often, avoid people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.

If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or if you think you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please call us before coming in to be seen by dialing 508-477-7090 and selecting option 2.

If you have a fever over 102 degrees that won’t respond to over the counter fever reducers and one of the following, please call 911:

  • Worsening chest pain despite taking over the counter pain medication
  • Cough associated with bloody sputum
  • Worsening shortness of breath

Virtual Visits at CHC:
Community Health Center of Cape Cod is prepared to meet the health care needs of their patients during the rapidly changing COVID-19 environment by offering expanded telehealth appointments, also known as virtual visits. Virtual visits may be accomplished through a more detailed phone call or through a video conferencing application within the patient’s electronic health record. In accordance with the latest guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Center encourages patients to call prior to visiting CHC of Cape Cod. Many health conditions may be addressed virtually, reducing the risk of community exposure to COVID-19. To see a demonstration of the virtual visits and for additional information on how to access them, please click here.  

If you are scheduled for elective surgery, we recommend you contact your surgeon’s office for information.

For questions about your upcoming appointments or to find out if a virtual visits would be appropriate for you, please call us at 508-477-7090 during business hours and press 2 to be connected to Patient Engagement. Let them know you are a high risk patient for COVID-19 and you would like information about virtual visits or to postpone a preventive visit.

Medical Conditions with increased COVID-19 Risk:

  • COPD/Cystic fibrosis (severe lung disease)
  • Heart, Kidney or Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer diagnosis in the last 6 months or currently undergoing chemotherapy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • History of Organ Transplant
  • Neurologic or neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Pregnancy or recently post partum
  • On any blood thinning agents (viral disorders can affect clotting mechanisms)
  • Native American and Native Alaskan (at high risk for flu complications)
  • Under age 19 and on chronic Aspirin (risk of Reyes syndrome)

Health Center Services Updates:
We have temporarily changed our pharmacy hours to allow seniors an exclusive hour alone. This will occur from 8 am to 9 am in our Bourne and Mashpee Pharmacies. For full hours, please visit our Pharmacy Page here.

Due to low volume and potential staffing need at the hospital, Falmouth hospital will temporarily close imaging at our Mashpee location. Imaging at their Stoneman location (2 Jan Sebastian Dr, Sandwich, MA) will remain open.

Please see below for updated links related to COVID-19:

To view a video with some coronavirus prevention advice from our Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Tager, please click here.

To ensure everyone who wants access to covered coronavirus services has it, the Massachusetts Health Connector announced that uninsured residents can apply and get into coverage through a 45-day window running until April 25. You can learn more here, or can call (877) MA-ENROLL to gain access to the enrollment period.

If you have any questions, you can call the Health Center at (508) 477-7090.