COVID Testing Clinic in Gallatin, TN
COVID-19 is a contagious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most virus-infected individuals may experience mild to moderate symptoms. Fever or chills, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, exhaustion, muscular or body aches, headaches, and a new loss of taste or smell are typical signs of COVID-19. Learn about testing for COVID-19, including the types of tests, who should get tested, and how to get tested by visiting Firefly Health After Hours Urgent Care. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 1483 Nashville Pike Suite 302, Gallatin, TN 37066.
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How should I prepare for a COVID-19 test?
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
Who should get a COVID-19 test?
Schedule a testing appointment ahead of time and be prepared to answer a few questions regarding your reason for doing so to determine your risk of exposure. When visiting the appointment, bring proof of identity as well as an insurance card. To receive a COVID-19 test, patients must be 3 years of age or older. Staff at Firefly Health After Hours Care is available to provide any further instruction or accommodations as necessary.
It is important to take care of yourself and prevent the spread of disease if you test positive for COVID-19. In most cases, COVID-19 can be treated at home, but it is important to know when you may need to seek medical attention.
Inform your healthcare provider that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are recovering at home. In some cases, additional treatment may be justified and beneficial based on your underlying health and symptoms.
Make sure you get enough sleep and stay hydrated; symptoms can also be managed with over-the-counter medications.
You should notify your healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen. You should call 911 if your symptoms progress to severe illness and you are experiencing emergency warning signs of COVID-19 such as difficulty breathing.
It is best to stay at home unless you require medical attention. You should avoid going to work or school as well as public places, such as stores. Keep your distance from other people if you live with them by staying in one room and using a separate bathroom. Utensils, cups, and hand towels should not be shared. Put on a high-quality mask if you must be around other people in your home or when seeking medical care. It is important to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, as well as before touching shared objects such as door handles. You can help others who may have been exposed to COVID-19 by letting them know when you are sick so they can watch for symptoms and get tested.
Unless you develop symptoms, you don’t need to self-isolate (stay home) if you are told that you are in close contact. Maintain a self-monitoring system for COVID-19 symptoms. Receive a COVID-19 test at least 5 entire days following the potential exposure, whether or not you became symptomatic. Self-isolation (staying at home) is advised if you develop any symptoms. Treatment may be necessary if symptoms become severe. Whether or not you are displaying symptoms following public health guidelines such as wearing a mask or washing your hands is recommended to help prevent the spreading of COVID-19.
You should receive a COVID-19 test if you are displaying mild or severe symptoms of the virus. Testing following exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 is also recommended regardless of whether or not you are displaying symptoms.
Rapid tests for COVID-19 can be used to quickly identify and isolate people who have the virus. Even people without symptoms may be affected. Make sure you follow the instructions on your test kit or those provided by your local health authority. Follow the instructions for taking the test and collecting a sample. The instructions are tailored to the particular type of kit. A different way of taking a sample may result in a false test result. Ultimately, there are limitations to how accurate home test kits are. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 due to symptoms or an individual you associated with testing positive, then visit Firefly Health After Hours Care for testing.
Doing a test to check for COVID-19 exposure or symptoms can help you and others stay safe from the virus. Testing for COVID-19 is accessible at Firefly Health After Hours Care. Our dedicated team will treat you with the best care. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Gallatin TN, Cottontown TN, Shackle Island TN, Graball TN, Bethpage TN, Castalian Springs TN, Laguardo TN, Hendersonville TN, Portland TN, Mt. Juliet TN, and BEYOND!!