Good evening. This is Lisa Getter for Nantucket Pulse programming made possible by Nantucket Cottage Hospital Community Health Initiative.  This series covers the Coronavirus impacts on the island. 

As of today, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has opened a drive-through evaluation site at the main entrance of the new hospital for patients who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.

This is not a testing site for healthy individuals.

COVID-19 tests will only be administered to patients who meet the strict criteria set by the federal Centers for Disease Control.  A state laboratory on the mainland will test the Nantucket samples and — weather depending — will send results back to the patients within 72 hours. 

If you are experiencing respiratory problems or feel that you have contracted COVID-19, please drive into the hospital property through the Prospect Street entrance and queue up behind any other cars that are waiting. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

Space is limited, so please, only come if you fit the aforementioned description.

MESSAGE FROM DR TIM LEPORE’S PRACTICE at the NCH ANDERSON BUILDING

In response to the current events surrounding COVID-19, there will be a few changes to the operations of Dr. Timothy Lepore’s office. As an attempt to limit exposure, we are requesting only people with appointments come into the office.

If you are picking up a prescription, they will be left on the front door in a sealed envelope. Please do not come into the office for prescription, referrals, or appointment requests. You can make these requests by calling 508-228-4846 or by using the patient portal. Should you have questions for the staff or nurses this can also be done by calling our office or using the portal.

Again, this is an attempt to limit exposure and keep everybody as safe and healthy as we can. Please be patient with the staff as we work through these messages and callbacks.

The Nantucket Chamber of Commerce urges local businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program created by the Small Business Administration.  The first step in this process is to meet a minimum threshold of affected businesses within Massachusetts. Start by reviewing and submitting the SBA EIDL Worksheet and Instructions to expedite activation of the EIDL program. A link to the worksheet and instructions is in the description box of this YouTube video. 

Completed forms may be submitted by email to Disaster.Recovery@mass.gov or by fax to (508) 820-1401.  If submitting by fax, please include an email address.

Please note, this initial survey form is not an SBA loan application. When the EIDL program is activated, you will be contacted to apply directly to the SBA and this website will be updated with application details.  

And now, a quick update from Stop & Shop. Effective on Thursday, March 19th, Stop & Shop will create hours specifically geared to accommodate customers 60 and older. Stop & Shop stores will designate hours between 6:00am and 7:30am only for customers over the age of 60, who the CDC and local health officials say are most vulnerable. Both Nantucket Stop & Shops will remain open until normal closing time. 

To end on a high note, the Nantucket Community comes together yet again in an effort to help island residents who are housebound due to illness. Introducing Nantucket Neighbor.com. This network connects volunteers with those who need help with some simple tasks like shopping for food, walking a dog, or doing a dump run. If you are healthy and want to help — or if you need help — please sign up at nantucketneighbor.com 

NCTV is closed to the public but will remain operational. Stay tuned for further updates, thank you for listening.  I’m Lisa Getter, have a safe and good night.