Health Department: Here’s what you should do if you test positive for COVID-19 at home

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Springfield-Greene County health leaders have released guidance on at-home testing

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says COVID-19 case numbers are rising. Health officials say testing is an important step in preventing transmissions, and many people are now using at-home tests. Health officials are sharing advice on what to do after you get at-home results.

If you test positive for COVID-19

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result from an at-home test, you should isolate to make sure the virus doesn’t spread. This isolation should last ten days from when you first began experiencing symptoms, whether you are vaccinated or not. If close contacts or people you live with are not fully vaccinated, they should quarantine as well.

Call the Health Department COVID-19 Call Center at (417) 874-1211 for further guidance and to help identify possible exposures.

If you test negative for COVID-19

The health department says at-home tests can produce false negatives. If you think your negative result may be incorrect, contact your doctor or the Health Department to see if you need another test.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, the Health Department advises you to stay home or seek medical attention. If you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, health officials recommend getting a test from the health department or your doctor if you have symptoms.

The Health Department also points out if you have symptoms, they could be from another illness such as the flu, in which case you should still stay home, or seek medical attention if needed.

Common COVID-19 symptoms

  • 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 

COVID-19 numbers in Springfield and Greene County

Earlier this week, CoxHealth reopened its COVID-19 ward in Springfield. Leaders from both CoxHealth and Mercy are expressing concern on social media about rising case numbers.

According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s recovery dashboard, there are 95 people in Greene County hospitals sick with COVID-19 today, December 1, 2021. Doctors are diagnosing an average of 65 people with COVID-19 every day in Greene County. According to the health department, 49.11% of people above five years old are vaccinated as of December 1, 2021.

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