Should I get tested for COVID-19?
COVID-19 symptoms usually appear within 2 to 4 days of exposure. People with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic, this means they or you have COVID but are not exhibiting any symptoms. You should get tested if:
- you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- you have been in close contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID and they have symptoms
- you are or will be in close contact with a member(s) of the vulnerable population
- you are experiencing one or more COVID symptoms, even if they are mild and even if you have been vaccinated
If you have symptoms or have been exposed, you should isolate until you get your results. If your test is positive, continue to isolate for 10 additional days.
COVID-19 symptoms may include: fever or chills, cough, fatigue, sore throat, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
Contact tracing begins immediately after Clear Creek County Public Health is notified of a positive result. Contact tracing is important in determining if others were exposed to the highly contagious virus. If you test positive, you will be asked to quarantine. If you have been significantly exposed, to someone who tested positive, you will be asked to isolate yourself from others.
Isolation and quarantine both mean that the identified person(s) should not leave their place of residence except for any required testing or if there is a medical emergency. Because of the potential to be in quarantine or isolation, and for other emergency situations, Clear Creek County Public & Environmental Health recommends that you have a “safety net” in place – a two-week supply of food, medication, and other essential items in your home so that you do not need to leave and potentially expose others. If possible, you should also coordinate with friends, family members and/or neighbors to help you with any other assistance you may need.
For more information on quarantine and isolation, please visit this page: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Quarantine and Isolation
What are the different types of COVID-19 tests and how accurate are they?
View the table below for information on each type of COVID-19 test. Click on the image for a larger version.