Testing

Testing

Those infected with COVID-19 have reported mild to severe respiratory illnesses with symptoms such as fever, dry cough, and difficulty breathing. Additional symptoms have been identified to include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of smell or taste. Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure.

The CDC has developed laboratory testing kits for qualified laboratories, including several located in San Diego County. You must call your state or local health department or your healthcare provider to get tested.

A healthcare provider will assess your symptoms using the CDC testing criteria and will make a decision regarding testing. Testing may be in the form of a viral test, or an antibody test. Currently in the State of California, testing prioritization is determined by categorizing potential patients into two tiers. More information on California testing can be found HERE. Currently in San Diego County, testing prioritization is broken down into four categories. Information on testing within the County of San Diego can be found HERE.

If you do not have a healthcare provider or health insurance, you may call 2-1-1 to see if you are eligible for Medi-Cal or be referred to a local Community Health Center.

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