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Apr 14

What to do if you need COVID-19 testing or receive positive test results

Posted on April 14, 2020 at 9:54 pm by Clay Curtin

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have been exposed to someone with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 and are experiencing fever with either cough or shortness of breath, you should contact your doctor to see if you need to be tested.

Hospitals and health care providers in the area, including Kaiser, UCSF, John Muir Health and Stanford, are all offering tests to patients. To be tested through any of these providers, you'll need a referral from a member physician.

Verily by Project Baseline is offering free testing at two Bay Area locations: the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and the San Mateo County Event Center. To get tested at either location, you'll need to be pre-screened online and secure an appointment. Find out more at Verily's Project Baseline website. If you have an appointment scheduled at Verily, but have no means of transportation, please call 650-779-9375.

For those who have tested positive for COVID-19, San Mateo County Health Officer has issued new orders requiring persons to isolate themselves and for the close contacts of persons who have tested positive to remain in quarantine for 14 days.

People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may not leave their home or current residence except to receive necessary medical care or during an emergency that requires evacuation. Stay in a room away from other household members and use a separate bathroom if possible. If areas are shared, like a kitchen or a bathroom, doorknobs, fixtures, and toilets should be cleaned regularly.

During isolation, delivery services such as Amazon, Instacart or others should be used. Please seek medical attention right away if the illness worsens. When calling 911, notify the operator that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The legal health orders and full order instructions are available on the County's website. For the latest health updates related to COVID-19, please visit the San Mateo County Health coronavirus website.