How should testing be done if a person believes that they have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms? Should they go to their doctor or hospital, or can they call the health department?

(Updated 4/24/20): Any individual should contact their health care provider immediately if he/she develops symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19), has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or has recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.  Now that private laboratories are providing this testing, their health care provider can obtain and submit samples for COVID-19 testing directly, without needing approval by the Health Department. If the individual does not have access to a health care provider, call an urgent care center. View the latest information on COVID-19 testing and data.

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1. I want to be tested for COVID-19. Why can’t I have a test if I request one?
2. Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
3. What are the signs and symptoms of the coronavirus and at what point should I be tested?
4. Does the Loudoun County Health Department provide testing for COVID-19?
5. How should testing be done if a person believes that they have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms? Should they go to their doctor or hospital, or can they call the health department?
6. Are there enough testing kits in the area for the current anticipated need?
7. In Loudoun, do we have private companies capable of doing COVID 19 testing?
8. Are Loudoun hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other healthcare providers getting the tests and other medical supplies they need? Can the county government facilitate & expedite the delivery?
9. Is there more than one strain of COVID 19? If so, how will that influence testing?
10. Can testing be made faster for adults who are immune-compromised?
11. Are we only testing people who are clearly symptomatic? What if a person has mild symptoms, can a person still be tested?
12. Can you provide info on how individuals with no active symptoms might get tested?
13. What is the current criteria for evaluating and testing?
14. Has the county tried to bypass CDC and obtain test kits directly from WHO or private companies?
15. What level of testing is currently being performed? Is it only people who are symptomatic, or has testing in our area been expanded to anyone who has come into contact?