COVID-19
What to do while you wait for your COVID-19 test results

If you have recently received a COVID-19 test at one of our Virginia Garcia clinics we will contact you with the results as soon as they are available. It may take up to 5 business days to receive your results.  In order to receive your results as quickly as possible, we recommend you sign up for MyChart today.

Below is guidance on what you should do while you wait for your results. It is critical that you follow these instructions in order to stop the spread of the virus. Until you receive your results, it is best to assume you are positive and quarantine away from others as much as possible.

Ready to get vaccinated? Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information page or head to our vaccine scheduling page to make an appointment at Virginia Garcia.

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If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

If you have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, regardless of whether you have symptoms, you should remain at home and away from others while you wait for your COVID-19 test results. To get your results as soon as they are available, use MyChart. Virginia Garcia staff will attempt to contact you within 2-5 business days of your results being available.

If you receive a negative result you may resume activities (but continue to wear a mask in public settings).
If you receive a positive result quarantine for 5 days, then remain masked at all times for 5 more days (10 days total).

If you are fully vaccinated (including a Booster vaccine)

If you have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and you do not have any symptoms, you do not have to remain at home. You should continue to wear a mask in public settings and observe social distancing.

If you begin to experience symptoms you should begin home quarantine for 5 days, and follow the positive result guidelines for an unvaccinated individual.

For the quickest response, we recommend you sign up for MyChart.. All test results will be posted there.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, you must:

• Stay away from others for at least 5 days and remain masked at all times.
• Isolate until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND you begin to feel better (symptoms are going away) AND it has been at least 5 days since you started to have symptoms.

If you test positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you must:

• Stay away from others for at least 5 days since you were tested, and remain masked at all times.

If you test positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you must:

• Stay away from others for at least 5 days since you were tested, and remain masked at all times.

Staying away from others during the time  indicated above will ensure you do not spread the virus. It is very important that you follow the steps above.

It is also important you do the following:

• Wear a mask AT ALL TIMES. If you live with others, you must wear a mask while around them as well.
• Try to have anyone living with you tested for the virus; if household members are unable to get tested, they should assume they are positive, and follow the same isolation guidelines.
• Let your healthcare provider know of your diagnosis so they can advise care.

Try to remember who you may have been in close contact with from two days before your symptoms began until now. It will be important to notify anyone you believe may have been exposed so they can begin home quarantine and get tested as well.

What is Contact Tracing?

Contact tracing is the best way to find out where a virus started. If you test positive for the virus it will be important that you work with the County to identify who you have been in contact with over the past few weeks. This will help stop further spread of the virus.

Watch the video on Contact tracing here

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