MyChart Message 3
Beaver COVID-19 Update 3/26: Testing
Current situation (3/26/20)
As has been widely reported, the number of available COVID-19
testing kits (and the ability of third-party labs to process them) is
improving, but not keeping pace with demand.
The Centers for Disease Control and local health agencies advise
prioritizing testing to the sickest patients (usually those in hospital) and to
those sicker patients where the results of the test will make a difference in
treatment or isolation procedures. Right now, there are simply not enough
supplies to test everyone we would like to test. We hope this will change soon
and will update our patients when this happens.
Do I need to be tested?
COVID-19 affects people of all ages. We understand that testing
can help remove uncertainty and is critical in accurately charting the course
of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most patients will be able to recover from
home without needing to be tested. Right now, there are no vaccines or specific
medical treatments for COVID-19 other than rest and isolation. (Depending on
your symptoms, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and over-the-counter cough suppressants
If you have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or
shortness of breath, stay home and call your primary care provider. After
talking with you, they’ll decide whether you should be tested.
Older patients, those with severe chronic conditions, and those
who are immunocompromised should contact their primary care physician early,
even if their symptoms are mild.
If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure
in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face,
call your healthcare provider or emergency services immediately.
If you are not showing symptoms, the test is likely to be
negative, even if you are infected. The CDC advises that symptoms typically
only appear two to fourteen days after exposure.
Note that symptoms of runny nose or sneezing are very rare with
COVID-19, but common with the cold and some allergies.
For the latest on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.gov or beavermedicalgroup.com/COVID19.