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