What to do as local numbers of COVID-19 increase...
The office is getting a lot of calls and emails regarding what to do if you are possibly exposed to COVID-19, when and where to get tested, and how to quarantine or isolate if you have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
If you are symptomatic after a known exposure, please contact our office for guidance on physician referral testing options.
If you have had close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you need to QUARANTINE (wear a mask and stay home as much as possible) for 14 days after the last exposure to the positive individual. Testing is NOT recommended as this does not change the length of quarantine. However, if you do get tested, the best time for a test is 5 days after exposure if you remain asymptomatic. A negative test is one single point in time and you could become positive even towards the end of the 14 day quarantine. A negative test within 14 days of the quarantine period will not release you from quarantine sooner.
If you are COVID-19 positive or awaiting a pending COVID-19 test, you must ISOLATE, which is more than just quarantine. You may not leave your house except to seek medical care. If possible, you must remain apart from others in your home, including wearing a mask in common areas.
Violation of EITHER quarantine or isolation orders can result in significant fine and jail time.
For questions regarding illness or exposure, please review the following cdc guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html For any travel questions, please refer to your local public health department's shelter in place orders as to whether travel is even permissible. If you are wanting testing prior to travel, please obtain testing through your local health department. Asymptomatic testing is not available at Benioff Children's at this time. PLEASE STAY SOCIAL DISTANCED (6 feet apart) and WEAR A MASK!!!!