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Sep 09

Do you need to be tested for COVID-19?

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 1:41 PM by Sarah OConnell

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community, testing people for the presence of the virus is important. Testing helps people know when they should isolate at home, avoid contact with others to prevent the further spread of the virus, and to seek medical care. 

While testing is widely available in the Loudoun community, some residents who would like to be tested may have difficulty getting tested if they do not have a health care provider who orders a test. In these instances, the Loudoun County Health Department is available to assist you. 

Need Help?

If you are seeking guidance on testing or have other COVID-19 related questions, call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line at 703-737-8300, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday (and holidays), 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You may also email the Health Department at [email protected]

What to Do if You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19, take care of yourself and help prevent the spread:
  • Stay home from work and school
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Get rest and stay hydrated
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay away from others as much as possible
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Clean all surfaces that are touched often
Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about what to do if you are sick.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms of COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms may include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
When to Seek Medical Care

Seek emergency medical care immediately if you or someone you know is showing any of these emergency warning signs: 
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Learn more about the symptoms of coronavirus and when to seek medical care.

Stay Informed
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