The 4 Outer Cape Towns have jointly purchased a limited supply of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, and expect to begin distribution this week.

Distribution in Wellfleet will take place tomorrow, Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 10:00am to 3:30pm at the Wellfleet Transfer Station.   Test kits are prioritized for residents of Wellfleet who are known close contacts or currently symptomatic and in need of a rapid test. 

Symptoms can appear 2-14 days following an exposure to someone with Covid-19 and may include: fever, chills, respiratory illness, fatigue, sore throat, headache, body aches, loss of sense of taste or smell, and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Wellfleet’s distribution is for Wellfleet residents only.  Kits will be distributed from the gate house, please do not get out of your vehicle.  Proof of residency will be required.  Please bring a driver’s license, a utility bill in your name at your Wellfleet address, or a tax bill. 

At-home Antigen testing has proven to be an important tool for rapid detection of potentially infectious individuals and reduces the chances of spreading the virus. The sensitivity range of most point of care Antigen tests overlaps with the SARS- CoV-2 viral loads typically observed in the first few days of symptoms which marks the infectious period of most individuals. These tests typically deliver results in 15 minutes which addresses the concerns about the resulting delays of PCR testing.

Antigen tests can be used regardless of symptoms or vaccination status, but they must be used properly. Please follow the instructions in the package or watch the video instructions online. 

PCR testing is still available at the following locations and times:

PROVINCETOWN : Stop the Spread  testing site at Provincetown Town Hall Auditorium.  Free PCR testing each Thursday from 10 - 2. This is a walk-in clinic, no appointment required.(For elevator access use the Bradford St rear entrance)

ORLEANS- Barnstable County Health offers free PCR testing at the Orleans DPW on Tuesdays, from 9 -10:30 AM. Located at 40 Giddiah Hill Road. This is a drive-thru. No walk-ins. Please make an appointment at

HYANNIS: Stop the Spread testing Site at Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis: This drive-through has free PCR testing each Monday 9 -1, Tuesday 1-6 , and Wednesday 9-1 Click here to register.


Hillary Greenberg

220 West Main Street