QIN Testing Numbers
(results as of 06-04-2020)
Why are we doing testing?
Social distancing measures are our first defense to slowing the spread of the virus causing COVID-19 disease in our communities and keeping our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. Social distancing has been proved to be the most effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID – 19.
People with COVID – 19 can have wide range of symptoms from very mild to severe illness. Some carriers of COVID-19 do not exhibit any symptoms at all. This is why increased testing is a critical step in stopping the spread – to identify who is positive and allow them to isolate from others. QIN’s top priority is social distancing, second is increased access to testing to identify who is positive.
QIN is particularly at risk because there are many Quinault Citizens who fall into the high-risk categories established by the CDC and our clinics and first responders have limited capacity to address our needs if we have a large outbreak. Therefore, testing for the virus is an important component of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic because it allows public health efforts to be specifically focused on isolating and supporting infected individuals so they don’t pass it on to others.
Realizing the importance of COVID-19 testing to QIN’s overall response to the pandemic, QIN developed and has now deployed a COVID-19 testing site at RSHC twice a week (Monday’s and Friday’s) and CKHC once a week (Tuesday’s). We developed our testing strategy based on availability of test but continue to explore ways to expand our testing capacity.
All testing requires a pre-scheduled appointment. Please continue to read to find out more about scheduling a test.
Things to know after your test results
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Answers to Common Questions
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WHAT TYPE OF TEST IS IT?
The rapid testing will be conducted using the new Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, which recently received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the fastest available molecular point-of-care test for the detection of COVID-19. Although we are using rapid testing, to get continue social distancing and give more accurate information, all patients will be sent home after their test with a packet of information and get test results via phone within 24 hours of their test.
HOW DO I GET TESTED?
If you fall within one of the priorities levels for that week of testing (see top of page) You may schedule an appointment for the following week on Wednesday and Thursday between 9:00am – 3:00pm, by calling 360-276-2444.
WHAT IS DRIVE-THRU TESTING?
Drive-thru testing means you stay in your car for the duration of your appointment, from checking-in to checking-out, and have only limited exposure to staff. Our testing sites will have three tents, all tents have step-by-step instructions, please follow all instructions. Please make sure you are in the passenger or driver side of the car and the window can roll down. After testing you will be contacted by phone in 24 hours with the results.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME FOR TESTING DAY?
If you have scheduled a test, you will have spoken to a representative from medical billing who would have updated all your patient information in our system. What you will need on testing day is a photo-ID and a cloth face mask. If you do not have photo-ID please make sure to say that when scheduling an appointment.
WHEN AND HOW WILL I GET RESULTS?
Although Abbott ID NOW is a rapid test, to maintain social distancing and give each patient as much information as possible test results will be delivered to everyone within 24 hours of their test at home. Each patient will be sent home with a packet of information for both positive and negative test.
WHAT IF MY TEST IS POSITIVE?
If your test is positive you have COVID-19 disease. A positive test requires isolation to mitigate the spread further in the community. First we will determine if you will do at home isolation or be moved to an isolation site. You will have isolation site information in your packet from the testing site. Isolation will be required for 14 days or until you have had no symptoms for 72 hours without fever reducing medication, whichever is longer. Assistance with food and supplies will be given to all families who are in isolation.
If you test positive you will be contacted by a QIN Case and Contact investigator. The investigator will call and ask you about your contacts in the past two weeks. This is required to let those people know that they have been exposed to someone with the virus and are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. We will not use your name in this inquiry. Tracking of contacts of infected individuals is the best way to eliminate the spread of COVID-19.
WHAT IF MY TEST IS NEGATIVE?
A negative test result does not necessarily mean that you don’t have COVID-19 disease. A person with COVID-19 can test negative for a variety of reasons including testing performed very early in their disease and problems obtaining an adequate sample from your nose. If you test negative you should continue to maintain social distancing. If you are symptomatic and have a negative you should self-quarantine for at least 72 hours after your symptoms disappear.
CAN I BE TESTED MORE THAT ONCE?
Yes, with a physician’s recommendation you can be tested more than once. Especially, if someone in your household test positive and/or you have been in contact with a positive since your last test.
ARE POSITIVE RESULTS LIKELY?
Because testing has been in such short supply, it’s very likely some Quinault citizens may test positive once testing is broadly available. This is both to be expected and is a necessary step to contain the further spread of COVID-19. Countries worldwide have shown that identifying the sick, safely isolating and treating them, tracking their past interactions to identify and inform others at risk are all necessary first steps to defeating COVID-19.