In recent news, the United States has become the leading hub for the spread of the novel coronavirus. With nearly 800,000 cases confirmed before the arrival of May, the overall lack of personal protective equipment and test kits in health care facilities across the nation have left countless individuals turning to the internet for guidance in protecting themselves and their families from COVID-19. We’re here to ease fears and give information about this disease during this unprecedented time and help you understand the importance of COVID-19 testing sites.
Advantages of COVID-19 testing sites:
– Separates regular patients from possible COVID-19 cases
– Reduces further illness spread
– Easier access to testing means more accurate case numbers reported
– Allows test sites to prepare with essential PPE that non-testing sites may lack
Where To Find COVID-19 Testing Sites
The Texas Department of State Health Services has published an interactive map that can help individuals get coronavirus tests without a high risk of infecting other patients and healthcare workers. This is made possible through a drive-thru system that allows patients to isolate from the general public, only interacting with medical professionals that are prepared to deal with possible coronavirus cases.
It is important to note that some sites you visit may be at testing capacity, which is why multiple sites are necessary for patients in each county. Oakbend Medical Center is currently testing for coronavirus at a location separate from our main facility. To learn more about where to get tested by Oakbend medical professionals, go here. As case numbers for this virus rise, it is important now more than ever for medical facilities to do what they can to increase testing efforts and protect the public from further spread and to understand the advantages of COVID-19 testing sites.
What To Expect When Being Tested
In order for accurate laboratory testing to take place, a specimen collection is needed. If you go to a facility or drive-thru to be tested, you will go through a quick swab of your throat through your nose and mouth. Depending on the capacity of the facility, it may take anywhere from 1-5 days for test results to come back. During this waiting period, it is imperative that you self-isolate to decrease the risk of spreading the possible virus to others.
Should You Be Tested For COVID-19?
If you have traveled recently and are experiencing landmark symptoms such as fever, coughing, wheezing, or sore throat, it is important to isolate one’s self from the general public and monitor symptoms. This is especially true if you have recently come into contact with someone with the virus. Take note of any close contacts that have received a positive COVID-19 test. If you are having shortness of breath, come to the emergency room immediately. No matter the cause, having blocked airways and difficulty breathing is an emergency that cannot be put off.
For more information about the novel coronavirus and our policies we have set in place due to the virus, visit us at Oakbend Medical Center.