COVID 19 Testing- Updated info
Message on behalf of Pacific County healthcare providers:
Demand for COVID testing currently far exceeds local healthcare provider capacity to test. It is important that we reserve our limited testing for those who are symptomatic or for those who have been exposed. As such, we ask that you please do not use local testing clinics for travel or pre procedure testing at this time. We also ask that individuals in need of testing do not come to emergency departments and urgent care clinics just for COVID testing. Hospitals are overloaded caring for ill patients and cannot provide testing for people who do not need emergency care.
IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS but do not need medical care and can't get a test, you might have COVID-19 and you should isolate for at least 5 days to keep from spreading the virus to others. Monitor your symptoms. More info in the Q&A here:
IF YOU WERE EXPOSED to someone with COVID-19 ￼and need to quarantine and are unable to get a test 5 days after your last close contact, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have not had symptoms; wear a mask for 10 days after last contact. If you have been exposed and you ￼don’t have symptoms is important that to time your test correctly. Testing immediately after exposure (within the first couple days), may result in a false negative result. ￼￼Details here:
We are doing all we can to increase test supply and availability in the community. Current testing site availability and updates here:
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