Del Norte COVID-19 Testing
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CVS Testing Drive-Thru
CVS is offering testing to anyone age 12 or older. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Testing is FREE and is available 7 days a week. This is available for those who are symptomatic or are close contacts to positive cases.
You can schedule an appointment at the CVS website: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing
You can learn more about eligibility and requirements at the CVS website as well: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/clinic-locator/covid-19-testing/crescentcity-covid-10478.html
Most healthcare providers also offer COVID-19 testing to patients who meet testing criteria. If you need to be tested for COVID-19, you can start by reaching out to your normal healthcare provider. Children, especially, should seek testing in consultation with their healthcare provider.
If you do not have a normal healthcare provider, you can contact Sutter Urgent Care at 707-464-8818 or Redwood Urgent Care at 707-298-2011.
You may also call the Sutter COVID-19 Advice Line at 866-961-2889 from 8 am to 6 pm every day.
Some healthcare providers are using commercial labs for serology (antibody) testing. Please call your healthcare provider to confirm. Redwood Urgent Care is also offering serology (antibody) testing at their Eureka site.
Who Should Get Tested
As of July 23, 2020, CDPH has updated its COVID-19 testing guidelines. Over the past 3 months, testing has expanded rapidly in California and CDPH has recommended prioritization of testing. More detailed information about testing guidelines can be found on the CDPH website.
The state-sponsored site is available for anyone who would like to get tested. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in order to get a test, but the new guidance from CDPH will impact the order in which commercial labs process tests.
Testing to be Released From Quarantine
Del Norte County uses a non-test strategy to release contacts to a positive case from quarantine. If you are tested and are negative, you will still need to complete the full 14-day quarantine period. This is because a negative test result does not mean you won’t get sick later in your quarantine period. Some contacts may test negative early on in quarantine, such as on day 5 or 6, and then get sick on day 10.
In cases of critical infrastructure workers, Del Norte County allows sectors to follow CDC guidance for contacts to positive cases who are critical to essential functions.
Retesting After a Positive Test
Del Norte County uses a non-test strategy to release confirmed COVID-19 cases from isolation. It usually takes a person 10 days from when they first get sick to no longer be infectious as long as they are no longer showing symptoms. Some workplaces may require negative tests in order to resume work.
A person who was positive for COVID-19 can still turn up positive on a test after they've recovered. This is because the virus is still shedding genetic material that shows up on a test, but this does not necessarily mean they are still infectious.
The CDC comments, "The best available evidence suggests that most persons recovered from illness with detectable viral RNA (either persistent or recurrent) are likely no longer infectious, but conclusive evidence is not currently available. Prolonged viral shedding has been demonstrated without direct correlation with replication-competent virus. Although persons may produce PCR-positive specimens for up to 6 weeks, it remains unknown whether these PCR-positive samples represent the presence of infectious virus. Such persons should consult with their healthcare provider; strategies to address this might include additional PCR testing. When a test-based strategy is not feasible or desired, consider consultation with local infectious disease experts about discontinuing home isolation for patients who might have prolonged viral shedding, including those who are immunocompromised."