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Testing for COVID-19

If you have the symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary care provider. We ask that you do not go directly to the clinic as a precautionary measure to protect other patients and healthcare workers.

How would I get tested for the Coronavirus?

Please contact your primary care provider if you have symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion nor runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.

Your provider may order a respiratory panel first to rule out other respiratory viruses prior to testing for COVID-19 depending upon the circumstances.

If you have been directly exposed to a known COVID-19 positive, you may be eligible for testing. Please contact your primary care provider or West Central District Health Department.

The length of time between the test and your results depends on the type of test your provider performs.

  • You will be asked to self-isolate until test results are available.
  • You will receive results from the ordering physician and your MyChart patient portal.

Patients at higher risk for serious illness

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease, cancer or diabetes, seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the
COVID-19 illness.

People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. There are some proven therapies that you may be eligible for, however timing is a factor. Your primary care doctor will help you determine the best course of treatment for you.

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

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