WHO SHOULD BE TESTED?

There are currently no restrictions for who can be tested for COVID-19 in Washington. The highest priority for testing is still people with symptoms. If you are ill with any of the following symptoms, please seek testing as soon as possible. Even if you are vaccinated, you should get tested if you become ill with COVID 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 

The exception is if your symptom is clearly attributed to an existing condition and is not unusual for you. For example, people may experience headaches or have limited taste or smell due to existing conditions, so the symptom is not new and they do not necessarily need to be tested for COVID-19. 

However, if you do experience one or more of these symptoms and they are not attributed to an existing diagnosis, get tested even if those symptoms are mild. Also, if you are not sure whether something is related to an existing condition or whether it may be a new illness, talk to your medical provider and consider getting tested for COVID-19. 

People without symptoms may also need to be tested. There are a number of people who do not have symptoms but should consider testing because they are at higher risk of being asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic cases. This includes anyone who: 

• Is a close contact of a confirmed case 

• Lives in a congregate setting, like a shelter, group home or assisted living facility

• Works in a location that has had a case 

• Is part of a family or social network that has had a case 

• Works in healthcare, EMS, law enforcement or other fields with a higher risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 

• Is part of a racial or ethnic group that has been disproportionately impacted by this virus in terms of rate or severity of cases (this includes people who are Black, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander) 

• Requires testing for employment or travel 

• Requires testing prior to a medical procedure. 

• People also may be tested in a healthcare setting at the discretion of their medical provider. This could include pregnant women who are going into the hospital for labor and delivery, or people who will be participating in procedures or tests that may generate a cloud of droplets and increase risk of transmitting the virus.

The Snohomish Health District has been operating community-based, drive-thru testing sites with support from the Medical Reserve Corps and others partners. Information on new dates and times for testing, criteria to get testing, and how to register online for an appointment is available at www.snohd.org/testing

Those who are being tested for COVID-19 are to remain isolated at home while results are pending. Those who are unvaccinated and live with them but are not ill will only be required to quarantine if the test results are positive.

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1. WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINATION
2. WHAT IS A CORONAVIRUS?
3. WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS?
4. WHERE DID THIS VIRUS COME FROM AND HOW IS IT SPREAD?
5. WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS COVID?
6. HOW MANY COVID-19 CASES ARE THERE IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY?
7. ISN’T THIS VIRUS BASICALLY JUST THE FLU?
8. WHAT IS THE STATUS WITH SCHOOL CLOSURES?
9. ARE PUBLIC GATHERINGS BEING CANCELED?
10. DO PEOPLE NEED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS/MASKS?
11. HOW DO I SAFELY DISPOSE OF USED FACE MASKS?
12. WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS?
13. WHAT IS SOCIAL/PHYSICAL DISTANCING?
14. DOES THE HEALTH OFFICER REALLY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO RESTRICT ACTIVITIES?
15. WHO SHOULD BE TESTED?
16. WHAT IF I CAN’T GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY PROVIDER?
17. HOW LONG IS SOMEONE CONTAGIOUS?
18. IS THERE A VACCINE FOR 2019 CORONAVIRUS?
19. HOW IS THIS VIRUS TREATED?
20. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
21. WHAT EARLY TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
22. WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT THE SPREAD?
23. WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED OR AT HIGHER RISK?
24. SHOULD I KEEP MY KIDS HOME?
25. WHY ISN’T THERE A LIST OF EXPOSURE LOCATIONS?
26. IS IT SAFE TO DONATE BLOOD?
27. IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY?
28. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION