COVID-19 Virus Test (Current Infection) Result Instructions

 

WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR VIRUS TEST RESULT

  • If you were tested because you had symptoms of COVID-19 or an exposure or possible exposure to someone with COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate from other people and pets in a “sick room” and use a separate bathroom, if possible.
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100⁰F or above, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • If you develop trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake or bluish lips or face, seek emergency medical care immediately! Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility. Notify the operator that you are seeking care because you may have COVID-19.

Instructions about how to view and/or transmit your test result:  CLICK HERE

 

IF YOUR VIRUS TEST IS POSITIVE

  • If your test is POSITIVE and you have or had symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100⁰F or above, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, you should
    • Continue to stay at home, self-isolate, and take care of yourself as above.
    • Get care or call 911 if you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake up or stay awake, bluish lips or face, or if you think it is an emergency. Advise the person you speak with that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • You can leave quarantine and isolation after:
      • You have not had a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever medications, AND
      • Your symptoms have improved (for example, your cough or shortness of breath have improved), AND
      • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • If your test is POSITIVE and you have had no symptoms of COVID-19, you should
    • Continue to stay at home and self-isolate as above.
    • Watch for symptoms and take care of yourself as above if they develop, including seeking care or calling 911 if you think it is an emergency.
    • You can leave quarantine and self-isolation when at least 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive test AND you have had no symptoms since the test.
    • If you develop symptoms, you should follow the guidance above for a positive test with symptoms.
  • If your test is positive, please have the people you live with and close contacts
    • Stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure to you.
      • Those who live with you should continue to self-quarantine for 14 days after your last day of self-quarantine.
    • Check their temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, if possible.
    • Contact their doctor for advice if they develop a fever of 100°F or above or other COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Seek immediate care or call 911 if they think it is an emergency.

 

IF YOUR VIRUS TEST IS NEGATIVE

  • If your test is NEGATIVE and you have or had symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100ºF or above, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, your test result may be a false negative and you could still have COVID-19. Unless a doctor gives you a different diagnosis, you should
    • Continue to stay at home, self-isolate, and take care of yourself as above.  
    • Get care or call 911 if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, or if you think it is an emergency.
    • You can leave quarantine and isolation after:
      • You have not had a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever medications, AND
      • Your symptoms have improved (for example, your cough or shortness of breath have improved), AND
      • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
    • Please have the people you live with and your close contacts
      • Stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure to you.
        • Those who live with you should continue to self-quarantine for 14 days after your last day of self-quarantine.
      • Check their temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
      • Stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, if possible.
      • Contact their doctor for advice if they develop a fever of 100°F or above or other COVID-19 symptoms.
      • Seek immediate care or call 911 if they think it is an emergency.
  • If your test is NEGATIVE and you have had no symptoms of COVID-19
    • You likely were not infected with COVID-19 at the time your specimen was collected.
    • It is always possible to be symptom-free in the early stages of an infection and have a false negative test result as well.
    • If you had an exposure to a known COVID-19-positive person, you should remain in self-quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100⁰ F or above, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell or gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact a doctor if one or more symptoms occur, and consider returning for a repeat test.

 

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https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine-isolation.html