COVID-19 Testing Updates

June 9, 2020

All individuals with symptoms in Massachusetts, even those with mild symptoms, should be tested. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

• Fever, chills or shaking chills, 

• Signs of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, lowered oxygen saturation), 

• Fatigue, sore throat, headache, body aches/myalgia, or new loss of sense of taste or smell 

• Other less common symptoms can include gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), rash, and inflammatory conditions such as “COVID toes”. 

• In elderly, chronically ill, or debilitated individuals such as residents of a long-term care facility, symptoms of COVID-19 may be subtle such as alterations in mental status or in blood glucose control 

All individuals in Massachusetts who are close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID should be tested. 

Close contact is defined as:

  • Being less than 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for at least 10-15 minutes. 
  • Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case while the case was symptomatic or within the 48 hours before symptom onset. 
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment or PPE (e.g., gown, gloves, facemask, eye protection). 

Recommended timing of testing for Close Contacts:

  • Close contacts with any symptom associated with COVID-19 should be tested promptly and should occur at any time during the contact’s 14-day quarantine period, even if the person previously had a negative test result within that same period.
  • Close contacts without symptoms should be tested as soon as possible after they are notified of their exposure to COVID-19.  The contact is required to quarantine for the full 14 days, even following a negative test result.

Asymptomatic individuals (individuals without symptoms) can be recommended for diagnostic testing at the discretion of their healthcare provider, a state agency, or an employer. Individuals are encouraged to confirm with their insurance whether the test will be covered. 

 

GRMDC is offering testing for anyone who has symptoms (even mild) or has been exposed to someone with COVID 19. We are also offering mobile testing. Please call us at 617-323-4440  for more information and to schedule an appointment.