COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

To our Duffy patients:

As COVID-19 and its variants continue to affect all aspects of our daily lives, we want to reassure you that we are constantly monitoring guidance from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As always, we are taking every precaution to keep our patients and staff safe and ensure that you can receive the services you need.

All patients will be given a COVID screening upon entering the building and anyone who does not pass the screening will be referred to Cape Cod Healthcare for testing. 

Duffy Health Center is a J&J COVID vaccination site. Current patients can call (508) 771-9599 to schedule a vaccine appointment.

To locate a COVID-19 vaccine site near you, click the button below.

All patients will be screened upon entry.  This screening will be performed using CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health criteria. Only patients who screen negative for potential virus will be permitted into the main building. 

Patients who have risk factors for COVID-19 will be further screened to see if they meet criteria for COVID-19 testing. If they do, they will be referred to Cape Cod Healthcare for testing. These patients will not be permitted into Duffy Health Center’s main building. 

Patients with symptoms or exposure that do NOT meet testing criteria may be placed in a room to be seen by a provider. They must be masked, and the door to the room must be closed. Only a provider in full personal protective equipment (PPE) will see the patient. If the provider determines that the patient requires COVID-19 testing, they will be referred to Cape Cod Healthcare’s testing site as above. If the provider determines the patient is not a risk for COVID-19, they may be removed from isolation precautions.

If you need a same-day or urgent care visit, we ask that you call (508) 771-9599 BEFORE coming to Duffy. You will be asked screening questions that allow us to minimize the risk of exposure to both you and to our patients and staff.

Patients with a low risk of COVID-19 exposure may be scheduled for a same-day appointment. All patients with upper respiratory symptoms will be asked to wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.

Prevention is the best way to avoid getting and transmitting the coronavirus. Simple ways you can reduce your risk are:

  • Wear a mask when in a situation where you cannot keep 6 feet away from others. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill or who may have come in contact with the virus.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.

As more people in our community become vaccinated and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we recommend reviewing this chart to understand what precautions you should continue to take.

If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, please call us at (508) 771-9599 BEFORE COMING TO DUFFY HEALTH CENTER:

  • Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • If you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

Patients with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure are asked to remain at home. We can assist you by telephone with coordinating care and testing for COVID-19 with the Department of Public Health.

Click on the images for information on social distancing, prevention, and testing.

For More Information

Please visit the links below for more information on COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Duffy Health Center is committed to your health and to the health of our community. We ask that you follow these guidelines to assist us in keeping our community safe.