On their website, the CDC issues this guidance for who should get tested for COVID-19:
A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection
An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.
Who should be tested
To learn if you have a current infection, viral tests are used. But not everyone needs this test.
Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.”
Locally, all clinics on the Colville Reservation are testing daily.
If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who is presumed positive, the Colville Tribal Emergency Operations Center encourages you to contact your provider.
The CDC defines close contact as being in less than 6 feet from someone for a prolonged period of as little as 10 minutes.
Before you are tested, be sure to call ahead before visiting your doctor.
If you are short of breath or have chest pain, you need to immediately call 911.
The CDC further reports: “People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
Repeated shaking with chills
New loss of taste or smell.”
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness, according to the CDC.
To find a list of local testing sites for COVID-19, click here.