Masks help reduce the release of droplets that may contain the virus. This is especially true for those individuals without symptoms who may be unaware that they have the infection. These cases are estimated to account for more than 50% of transmissions. Masks also help provide personal protection for the wearer by reducing the likelihood of inhaling infectious droplets.
Centerpoint offers curbside COVID-19 testing at these locations:
Middletown, 231 N Breiel Blvd, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Franklin, 333 Conover Dr Ste B, on Thursdays
We provide televisits for COVID-19 testing; a smart phone, tablet, or computer is required to access the televisit. Click here to schedule your televisit.You'll receive a text message or email with further instructions about how to access your televisit.
Please bring an identification card and insurance information to all appointments.
Testing helps identify those who have COVID-19 so they can stay home (isolate) and not spread the disease to others. Testing helps healthcare professionals understand how many people have COVID-19 within our community. Testing also helps prepare our hospitals for potential COVID-19 admissions and helps our local health departments conduct contact tracing to prevent future spread of the virus.
Who needs to be tested?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone known to have COVID-19, you can get tested. Exposure is close contact (less than 6 feet), for more than 15 minutes, with someone who has COVID-19 (with or without a mask).
What should I do if I have been exposed?
Stay home for at least 10 days (preferably 14 days) after exposure and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others. Make sure to self-monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days.
Stay home for at least 7 days. On day 6 get tested for COVID-19. If the results are negative, you stop quarantine. Continue self-monitor for systems for at least 14 days.
Symptoms vary from person to person. They can include a lack of energy, loss of appetite, or loss of taste or smell.
If I have a negative test after being exposed, do I still need to stay at home?
Yes! The incubation time for COVID-19 is often several days from exposure to symptom onset. This means it can take days for the symptoms of the disease to develop. A negative test on day 2, 3, or 4 does not mean a person will not develop symptoms on day 11, 12, 13, or even 14. Also, some infected people never develop symptoms. All contacts of a case of COVID-19 need to quarantine at home for at least 10 days (preferably 14 days) without testing and for 7 days with a negative test.
Why do I need to wait 72 hours after exposure to get a test?
This gives the virus enough time to build up in your system enough to show up in a test result.
What happens if I receive a negative result?
A negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. In the early or late stages of infection, it is possible that a low concentration of the virus will not be detected. Even with a negative result it is important to wear a mask in public, avoid close contact indoors with individuals outside your home and wash your hands frequently. If you receive negative results and are still under quarantine because you were a close contact to a confirmed case, you must remain in quarantine for the entire 7 days. You can become infectious at any time during the 14 days from the last day of exposure.
What happens if I receive a positive result?
You may be contacted by your health care provider or by your local public health department. It is important to communicate with public health. Their job is to help prevent the spread of the virus. Public Health will ask you about who you were around and where you went so that they can identify others at risk of getting COVID-19. They will never ask you for sensitive personal information such as bank information or passwords. If you receive a call from a local health department- please tell the truth - you can directly impact the safety of your community and of your loved ones.
Contact tracing may take time. It is important to stay home so you do not get others sick if you receive a positive result. All contacts of a case of COVID-19 need to quarantine at home for at least 10 days (preferably 14 days) without testing and 7 days.