State public health departments coordinate COVID-19 testings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, some commercial manufacturers also provide tests that are currently used in public and private hospitals.
The CDC, however, said that not everyone has to be tested for COVID-19 since test kit numbers are limited. There are specific qualifications for testing, which could vary from state to state.
Coronavirus testing at Ritecare Medical Center, Hialeah
At Ritecare Urgent Care, we offer COVID-19 testing in Hialeah for patients who qualify the criteria set by the CDC. If you feel any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or if you think you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, we urge you to contact us so we can guide you on the steps you need to take.
We adhere to the priority testing guidelines released by the CDC during coronavirus testing in Hialeah. High-risk patients who have been exposed to COVID-19, such as those with a travel history to areas with sustained community transmission, are given priority. Symptomatic first responders who live or were in contact with another person who tested positive are also high on the list. Healthcare workers who have symptoms are likewise prioritized for testing because they are in the frontlines of this pandemic.
How to get COVID-19 testing in Hialeah
If you think you have the symptoms for COVID-19 and want to get tested, call us at Ritecare Medical Center for initial screening. We will also guide you through the process.
For many symptomatic cases, patients are usually advised to self-isolate for at least two weeks, especially if they have a history of contact with another COVID-19 person. Experts say that 80 percent of the cases with symptoms are actually mild and manageable. It is like managing a cold or flu.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, shortness of breath, and dry cough. However, if you start having breathing difficulties and chest pain, it is important to get to the emergency room or hospital as soon as possible.
What to Expect For COVID-19 test
If you do qualify for a COVID-19 test, here’s what you can expect:
- Ritecare Medical Center staff will collect a sample from your nose or the back of your throat by inserting a thin swab. The sample collection may feel unpleasant and uncomfortable, but it will only take just a few minutes.
- Once the sample is collected, your swab will be contained in a sterilized tube, which will be transported to the laboratory along with the other specimens.
What To Do If I Tested Negative
If your result came back negative, it only means that you were not infected when you took the test. A negative test doesn’t mean you will not get infected anymore. You might still catch the disease later if you don’t practice social distancing, cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing a mask in public.
Learn more about coronavirus testing in Hialeah
If you think you are suffering from symptoms of COVID-19, do contact us at RiteCare Medical Center, Hialeah. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have about COVID-19 testing. Call us at (305) 200-1225.
The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.