How can I get tested and is this an antibody test?
This test will tell you if you have an active COVID-19 infection. It is not an antibody test.
You must be asymptomatic and at least 18 years old to receive a test.
Do I need an appointment, or can I just go directly to the test site?
Testing is by appointment only. Call 877.336.9855 Monday -Friday 8am-5pm to schedule an appointment.
Please have available when calling for appointment:
- Insurance provider (carrier & member number)
- If no insurance, you may use your Social Security number
- If no Social Security number, you can still be tested
- Phone number you will answer for test results
- Email address
Once you have a scheduled appointment, you can go to the testing site at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Parking Lot at your assigned time. Do not go to the testing site without a pre-scheduled appointment.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
- Bring identification including a birthdate
- Proof of your appointment confirmation either by email or text
- Mobile phone should you need to be contacted
- Wear your mask. Do not roll down your window.
A maximum of two people with appointments may come in the same car - the second passenger should be in the back seat behind the driver.
What about if I'm walking or on my bike or motorcycle?
You must still make an appointment. And yes, we have a separate tent to handle people who walk, bike or cycle over.
What does the test cost?
There is no out-of-pocket cost to you. All insurance providers are required by law to cover the cost of the test. Martha's Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation has donated $100,000 to serve the uninsured and the underinsured.
But I feel fine. Why should I be tested for COVID-19?
Because every contact matters. Data shows that a significant percentage of individuals infected with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic. Widespread testing helps public health officials to identify those who may - unknowingly - be spreading the disease and prevent or contain potential outbreaks.
What kind of test is this?
This is a self-administered PCR nasal swab test. You remain in your car, windows up. It is not as invasive as the original tests. You will be asked to swab the inside of both nostrils for about 15 seconds and then deposit your swab into the vial medium given to you when you pull into the test site tent. The test takes about five minutes in total.
When will I get results?
Results will be available within 24-48 hours. You can download the MyQuest app to see your results in real time. If you are a patient at Island Health Care
and have signed up for the Follow My Health portal, you can get your result there. With or without those options, you will still be called and given your results, but it may take longer. Please do not screen your calls when you have a pending test result. Answer all calls including those with the prefix 833 or 877.
What happens if I test negative?
A negative test result only ensures that on the day you were tested, you were not infected with the virus. It does not mean you cannot get the virus. And you should continue to follow the best public health advice to stay safe: keep six feet away from others, wear a mask when you cannot, and wash your hands frequently.
What happens if I test positive?
If you have a positive test result you will be called by a contact tracer or your local Board of Health. They will answer your questions and guide you through the required minimum of 10 days of isolation. During this period, you cannot leave your home except to seek medical care.
We will also ask for the names of your close contacts to both trace and contain the virus. Testing for COVID-19 will be recommended to these contacts and they need to be quarantined for a minimum 14 days.
Your information will remain strictly confidential and treated in the same way as a private medical record. In addition, your name and information will not be shared with any contacts or other agencies, including immigration.
The contract tracer, likely to be either a public health nurse or a member of your Board of Health, will answer all your questions and concerns, and help make any necessary arrangements for food or supplies.
Can I get repeated tests?
Given your job, which might require a lot of public contact, a follow-up test may be advised, particularly if you believe you might have broken separation protocols or been exposed. You will need to check with your insurance provider to ensure that a second test will be fully covered.
What if I had an antibody test that showed I had COVID-19?
If you had a positive antibody test off-Island, it is recommended that you follow up with a PCR COVID-19 test. While the antibody test confirms that you had the virus at one point, only a follow up test will confirm whether or not that infection is current and if you are in danger of unknowingly transmitting the virus.
When will antibody tests be available on the Island?
Right now, you can get an antibody test in Falmouth. There may be antibody tests on Island later this summer.