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To be tested for the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), please call your primary care physician or the Erie County Health Department at (419) 626-5623 ext. 5126 to schedule an appointment.

 

COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions

I tested positive for COVID-19, now what?


Go home and wait to hear from your local health department. You will get a call from the health department in the county in which you live. It could take a few days for the health department to contact you. If you DO NOT have symptoms, stay home for 10 days from the date of your test. If you DO have signs or symptoms, isolate yourself from other healthy individuals in your home for at least 10 days AND until you've met all three requirements: Symptoms are resolved or better It has been 10 days since you first felt sick No fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medications Contact your employer or school. Do not go to work or school until you meet the criteria listed above. Contact your healthcare provider or seek care if needed. Create a list of people you have been in contact with from 2 days prior to symptom onset to now. A close contact is someone you have been with for more than a total of 15 minutes, within 6 feet of each other. Write down their names and contact information. Inform those on your close contact list that you have had a positive COVID-19 test. Ask them to quarantine themselves and to be on the lookout for a call from their local health department.




I got tested for COVID-19 and am waiting for my test results. What do I do?


Go home and wait to hear from your healthcare professional. It may take up to 5-7 days to get your PCR test results back. If you were tested at the Erie County Health Department / Community Health Center your test results will be available to you through Labcorp's patient portal within 5-7 days of the test. Please follow these easy steps to create an account and receive your test results. You may also print a copy of your results from the patient portal. Go to https://patient.labcorp.com Click on "Create an Account" Complete the "New Registration" information Create a password Submit verification code and follow the site's directions If you have a positive test result, you will be contacted by one of the Erie County Health Department Contact Tracers. If you DO NOT have symptoms, stay home until you receive your test results from your healthcare provider. If you DO have signs or symptoms, isolate yourself from other healthy individuals in your home for at least 10 days AND until you've met all three requirements: Symptoms are resolved or better It has been 10 days since you first felt sick No fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medications Contact your employer or school. Do not go to work or school while waiting for your test results. Contact your healthcare provider or seek care if needed. Create a list of people you have been in contact with from 2 days prior to symptom onset to now. A close contact is someone you have been with for more than a total of 15 minutes, within 6 feet of each other. Write down their names and contact information.




What are at-home test kits, and can I use one?


If you need to be tested for COVID-19 and can’t get tested by a healthcare provider, you and your healthcare provider can consider using either a self-collection kit or a self-test that can be performed at home or anywhere else. Sometimes a self-test is also called a “home-test” or an “at-home test.” These self-collection kits and tests are available either by prescription or over the counter in a pharmacy or retail store without a prescription. Currently available self-collection kits and tests are used for the detection of current infection. If you use an at-home test kit, be sure to communicate your results to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will report your test results to the local or state health department. If the at-home test has an app that allows you to report your results to the state health department, inform your healthcare provider whether you used that app for results reporting. For more information about at-home testing, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/self-testing.html