Situated in East Falmouth, the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, one of the leading fairgrounds in the United States, will transform into a testing facility for COVID-19 this week.
The $300,000 secured by State Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) will serve as the funding for the soon-to-open testing site.
Drive-through access will be made available to both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing. The facility is proposed to operate as a COVID-19 testing site for a minimum of six months.
Also, another COVID-19 testing facility will be established at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis. Hyannis Fire Chief, Peter Burke, stated to Barnstable Town Council at a meeting held last week that the site is expected to begin testing as early as Friday, December 11.
This will then be followed by expanded testing, organized by the Outer Cape Health Services at its office located in Provincetown and Wellfleet.
The facility will be accessible to all people, residents, or not. However, an “appointment-only” scheme will be strictly implemented on the site.
Residents without insurance policies are expected to cover a cost lower than the usual $160. It is estimated to cost only around $50 and potentially even lower. However, individuals with insurance will get their bills covered by their insurance providers.
As per standard, a self-administered nasal swab will be provided at the facility, under the supervision of licensed medical professionals. The Brodt Institute in Cambridge will then receive the swab test for thorough processing. Turnaround time is projected to be between 24 to 48 hours.
Chief Burke added that the site is still in the planning phase and further information will be made public as soon as all related matters are finalized.
Also, an additional third COVID-19 testing facility is expected to open for the Outer Cape residents. However, no concrete information has been announced yet regarding the said testing facility.