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COVID-19 Screening and Testing FAQ’s

What is Considered Direct Exposure to COVID-19?

People who have been in close contact/direct exposure with someone who has COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.


What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more

  • You provided care at home to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)

  • You shared eating or drinking utensils

  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Steps to Take During Quarantine:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. In certain circumstances quarantine may be shortened to 10 days

  • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19

  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

When Should Testing Occur?

  • Testing should occur 7-days post-exposure

  • If a test is performed prior to day 7, re-testing at day 7-10 days is recommended as false negative results are more likely when the test is performed prior to 7 days

    • Quarantine may be shortened to 7 days with a negative PCR test. 

Antigen Testing:

  • Rapid tests are antigen tests, the COVID-19 equivalents of a rapid strep test

  • As with all rapid tests, there’s a balance between speed and accuracy

  • The characteristics of the antigen testing technology may infrequently result in a “false positive” in patients without symptoms.

PCR Testing:

  • PCR testing is the most sensitive and specific test available; however no single test is 100% accurate

How to Get Your Test Results:

Rapid Antigen Test

  • If you receive a rapid antigen test, you MUST STAY at the testing facility to receive your results. If you need a copy of your results, please request one as you wait

PCR Test

  • A practitioner will call you with your results

Quarantine Guidelines

Positive Test Result & COVID-19 Symptoms:

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that quarantine be maintained for at least 10 days after onset of symptoms and at least 24 hours after symptoms are resolved; whichever is longer.

Symptom free is defined by:

  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,

  • At least 10 days have passed since onset of symptoms

Negative PCR Test Results & Possible COVID-19 Symptoms:

You may return to work 24 hours after fever resolution and symptoms are improving

  • If you develop loss of taste or smell, repeat testing is recommended.

  • During this time, you must quarantine until you receive your results

  • Continue to wear a mask for the duration of symptoms.


Negative PCR Test & No Symptoms & Direct Exposure:

Local Health Authority recommends quarantine for 14 days from last exposure if it is deemed a concerning exposure (defined as close contact) unless exempted.

  • For household contacts this can be as long as 24 days (10 days’ household member is contagious plus the 14 days to exclude transmission to you).

  • Exempted patients may be those considered part of the essential workforce and is decided on a case by case basis.


Options to Reduce Quarantine for People Without Symptoms –according to the CDC:

CDC update from 12/2/20 allows quarantine to end sooner; 7 days with negative PCR test:

  • On day 10 without testing and no symptoms

  • On day 7 after receiving a negative PCR test result

After stopping quarantine, you should:

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure

  • If symptoms present immediately quarantine and contact your healthcare provider

Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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