We are living in such uncertain times right now dealing with the Coronavirus (Covid 19) as it spreads across the United States and it’s really starting to hit close to home now that James City County has reported two Coronavirus related deaths. The health services are doing what they can to help inform people of the symptoms of the virus and telling us what we can all do to help stop the spread. It’s unprecedented to see how one-by-one theme parks, festivals, gatherings, events, and stores are closing, reducing their hours, or making significant adjustments to help control the Coronavirus. It’s the best thing they can do considering the circumstances. If you are in our area (Newport News, Poquoson, York County, or Yorktown) and do not know where to get tested if you have symptoms of the Covid 19 virus, please see below and please check the Virginia Department of Health’s website for any potential updates to this checklist.
If you or someone you know is experiencing the following symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath, NBCNews.com says to:
- Call your health care provider if you are symptomatic to discuss whether you should be evaluated in person and considered for testing. Do not go to your local health department for testing.
- Your provider will work with your state or local public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested.
- To be tested at the public health laboratory, patients must meet the state’s criteria, which evaluates a combination of symptoms and risk factors. Alternatively, patients can consider testing at commercial labs, which don’t have set requirements and don’t need an approval from the state department.
- Results from the state’s public health lab are generally available within 24 hours.
- For more coronavirus information, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website.