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Covid RT-PCR Patient Information

Patient information and Fact sheet

We performed a swab collection for (RT- PCR) to look for Covid-19 infection.

Follow steps below regardless of symptoms OR no symptoms

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day. High-touch surfaces include
  • counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones,
  • keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wear a facecloth over your nose and mouth in public settings where

other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

 

If you test POSITIVE for Covid-19

  • WE WILL CONTACT YOU INDIVIDUALLY FOR POSITIVE TEST RESULTS.
  • WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND GETTING IN TOUCH WITH PRIMARY CARE FOR POSITIVE. RESULTS OR CALLING 224.601.5001 TO DISCUSS FOLLOW-UP STEP WITH MEDICAL PROVIDER.
  • Everyone in your household should consider staying at home.
  • Most cases can be cared for at home.
  • Do not go to the hospital to seek care unless you have a medical emergency.
  • Stay in touch with us or your PCP (call us daily or every other day with update)
  • Do not go to work. Notify your School or employer of your positive test result. Isolate at home.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop ANY of the following: Extreme difficulty breathing, Bluish lips or face, Constant pain or pressure in the chest, Severe constant dizziness or lightheadedness, Slurred speech (new or worsening

 

When does home isolation end?

  • You have been fever-free for at least 1 days without using medicine that reduces fevers

            AND

  • Your respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

            AND

  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
  • If you had NO symptoms — isolation end at 10 days from date of the positive test
  • Always consult your employer prior to returning to work

 

If you test NEGATIVE for Covid-19

  • You are probably not infected at this time. However, false-negative results do occur. If you are getting sicker, you should contact health care provider for possible retesting.
  • We recommend series testing for people with close exposure.
  • Also, it can take up to 10 – 14days after exposure for illness to occur. If you have been exposed, you might test positive at a later date.
  • Continue to practice all protective measures such as social distancing, washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face and avoiding social gatherings according to local guidance.

 

IMPORTANT

A negative test only says that the virus was not present or not present in a large enough amount to be detected. When testing is negative, the possibility of a false negative result will be considered depending on the context of your recent exposures, the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and if tests for other causes of illness such as other respiratory illness are negative. If we still suspect COVID-19, or if your symptoms worsen, we will recommend a re-testing. Regardless of your test results, we are committed to providing you with follow-up care, to help treat your symptoms.

We are here to help – please contact our practice for any additional questions or concerns