COVID-19 is serious.
If you have symptoms, talk to your doctor and find out if COVID-19 testing
is right for you.
If you are very sick, get medical attention immediately. If you develop
one of these symptoms, seek emergency care.
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in your chest
- New confusion or inability to wake up
- Bluish lips or face
Note there are many other reasons for seeking emergency care. Do not delay
care if you are concerned for your safety. If you are unsure what level
of care you need, call the Health Link Nurse Line at 540.741.1100 for
an assessment and nurse advice.
Who Should Be Tested
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19.
- Most people have mild illness and can recover at home.
- There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus, although there
are treatment options which have been authorized by the FDA and been shown
to shorten the course and reduce hospitalization and severe disease. If
you have tested positive for COVID-19, we encourage you to seek advice
from your primary care doctor or our Health Link Nurse Advice Line (540.741.1000)
to see if any of these options are right for you.
- Testing results may help you decide to quarantine or limit contact with others.
Decisions for testing are made by a care provider, such as your primary
care doctor, emergency room doctor, or urgent care provider. If you meet
the criteria for testing, your doctor will put in an order for a COVID-19 test.