Who should be tested?
While the threat and impact of COVID-19 are scary, not everyone needs to be tested. When considering whether to seek testing, keep the following in mind:
- Tests are limited at this time, with priority given to those who have a higher risk and those in the medical fields
- Most people who become infected with COVID-19 have a mild illness and can recover at home without hospitalization
- There is currently no specific treatment approved for this virus
- Testing results might be helpful in determining who you come into contact with - some members of our population are more high risk than others
How to get tested?
If you believe you have symptoms, contact your medical provider. Tests are currently limited.
What to do after you are tested?
If you test negative for COVID-19
- Good news! You were likely not infected at the time of your test.
- However, that does not mean you will not get sick. Depending on when you had your test, it is possible you are infected but the disease is not yet detectable and you could test positive later.
- It is important to remember a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later
- Continue to practice social distancing and follow the advice of your medical provider
If you test positive for COVID-19
- Follow the recommendations of your medical provider
- Practice self-isolation and/or quarantine
- See the recommendations to the left, based on the CDC's recommendations
If you are very sick get medical attention immediately
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to rouse
- Bluish lips or face