Welcome to Covid Testing
Why Get Tested?
Together, we can protect our loved ones and limit the impact of COVID-19 on our community. With your help, we will slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can once again safely come together with friends and family. Increased testing, expanded contact tracing, and tracking important data will help us ease measures and protect you, your loved ones, and neighbors.
Helping people know if they have COVID-19 or may have been exposed is critical to ensuring they have the resources and support they need and informs when and how we can responsibly ease restrictions.
COVID 19 Monoclonal Antibody IV Therapy
We are excited to now offer COVID 19 Monoclonal Antibody IV Therapy to patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.
Monoclonal Antibody IV Therapy is a promising treatment for non-hospitalized patients who are at high risk of complications from COVID-19 or who have mild to moderate symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus.
Monoclonal antibodies are lab-produced proteins designed to mimic your body’s antibodies that are used to fight off infection and viruses. These specific antibodies are designed to bind to part of the COVID-19 virus protein and prevent the further spread of infection of exposure.
The goal of treatment is to prevent hospitalizations and reduce symptom severity.
It is important to note that treatment can only be used after infection or exposure and is not a substitute for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Monoclonal Antibody IV Therapy is appropriate for patients at high risk of developing severe symptoms, patients with mild to moderate symptoms, or patients with known exposure to the COVID-19 virus. It can be given to anyone over the age of 12.
People eligible may also include those who:
Are at a higher risk of exposure
Have certain medication conditions that have compromised the immune system
May not be fully protected by a COVID-19 vaccine due to medical health complications
Monoclonal Antibody IV Therapy is given through intravenous (IV) infusion. The antibody infusion takes about 20 minutes and is often followed by an hour of observation and monitoring for allergic reactions. Patients should expect the entire process to take about 2-3 hours.
Side effects associated with monoclonal antibodies may include fever, nausea, difficulty breathing, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle aches, low blood pressure, and confusion.
Patients may notice soreness, swelling, and slight discomfort from the IV infusion.
In November of 2020, the Federal Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to the use of Monoclonal Antibody IV Therapy for non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or believe you’ve recently become exposed, Monoclonal Antibody IV Therapy may be right for you in preventing symptom severity and reducing the risk of hospitalization. For more information on Monoclonal Antibody IV Therapy for COVID-19 and our services or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.
Who Should Get Tested?
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19.
Close contacts of known positive cases, regardless of symptoms.
Get tested immediately if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you do not have symptoms, you should wait at least six days after your last known exposure to COVID-19 before you get tested.
Groups of some of the populations with higher risk of exposure or a higher risk of severe disease if they become infected. People in these groups should get tested if they believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms.
People who live in or have regular contact with high-risk settings (e.g., long-term care facility, homeless shelter, correctional facility, migrant farmworker camp).
People from historically marginalized populations who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This fact sheet provides best practices for community testing in historically marginalized populations.
Frontline and essential workers (grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, child care workers, construction sites, processing plants, etc.)
Health care workers or first responders.
People who are at higher risk of severe illness.
People who have attended protests, rallies, or other mass gatherings could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or could have exposed others.
Most people who get COVID-19 recover without needing medical care. If you are experiencing severe, life-threatening symptoms (for example, severe difficulty breathing, altered thinking, blue lips), seek immediate medical care or call 9-1-1.