Know When to Get Tested for COVID-19
We know you may have questions regarding COVID-19 and when you should get tested. The following is an excerpt from the Kittitas County Health Department’s July 29, 2020 Press Release.
Did you have close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19? Were you within six feet for 15 minutes or more?
If so, we consider that “close contact.” Someone from the Health Department will notify you if you are considered a close contact of someone who is positive for COVID-19.
Do you have symptoms?
Common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, or chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. Get tested as soon as you have symptoms.
Close contact and no symptoms?
Monitor yourself for symptoms. Wait five days from your date of last contact and go get tested. Why wait? Because it takes time from an exposure for the virus to show up, so we don’t want to test too soon. If you do become symptomatic, get tested immediately. Stay at home and away from others for 14 days from your last exposure. Again, you will be notified if you are considered a close contact by our team.
Have you been around someone who is considered a close contact?
We call that is a secondary contact. You do not need to take any immediate action as a secondary contact. Continue to use general precautions of hand washing, physical distancing, face coverings, etc.
Stay home if you are sick. Stay home if you have had close contact.
More information is available at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdf
If you have questions about your health, please contact your healthcare provider or you can call the Temporary COVID Clinic at KVH at 509-933-8850. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the Emergency Department at KVH. If you have general questions about COVID-19, please call the EOC at 509-933-8315 or 509-933-8305.
Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, (509) 962-7515