Health Services

At home COVID-19 tests

Rapid, over the counter COVID-19 tests are now widely available. These tests provide results in 15 minutes. Rapid, over the counter tests are also known as home-based self-collected COVID tests, or antigen tests, like BinaxNOW.

Below are some answers to common questions about these tests and considerations for use.

Understanding Results

What do I if I test positive with an over-the-counter home-based rapid test?

If you have a positive result, consider yourself positive and:

  • Isolate for 10 days
  • Tell your close contacts and household members you have tested positive
  • Close contacts and household members also self-isolate (if they are unvaccinated).
  • Close contacts and household members who have concerns for exposure can self-test in 3-5 days or immediately if they become symptomatic.

If you use more than one test on a single individual and one of the tests is positive, consider yourself positive and isolate for 10 days.

What do I do if I think my over-the-counter home-based rapid test is a false positive?

If you test positive and don't have symptoms and weren't exposed and are concerned this may be a false positive, consider getting a confirmatory test through your healthcare provider or at one of Clallam County’s Testing sites: HowtoGetested.pdf (clallam.net). Healthcare personnel must collect or observe the collection of a confirmatory test.

For a confirmatory negative test to override a rapid test result, the sample must be collected within 48 hours of the initial positive home-based rapid test result.

If you test positive on the confirmation test, isolate from others for 10 days (starting when you initially tested positive or when your symptoms started if you develop symptoms), regardless of your vaccination status.

What if I have a negative result but I am concerned I have COVID-19?

If you are concerned that you might have COVID-19 because you were exposed or have symptoms, then we recommend quarantining yourself and getting another COVID-19 test.

If a repeat test is positive, isolate from others for 10 days since your positive test, OR, if you develop symptoms, enter isolation the date your symptoms started, regardless of your vaccination status.

What else do I need to know if I get a confirmation test?

When getting a confirmation test, wear your mask and tell the swabber that you have either had a positive test with an at home over-the-counter BinaxNOW test OR that you have had a concerning exposure or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 BEFORE you remove your mask.


How to report positive results

If you get a positive test result, notify the Clallam County Department of Health at (360) 417-2430.

 

People with Seasonal Allergies

What is the difference between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies?

COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19). Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects the nose and sinuses, and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which affects the eyes.

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The image below compares symptoms caused by allergies and COVID-19.

Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them, and you may need to get a test to confirm your diagnosis.

*Seasonal allergies do not usually cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unless a person has a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by exposure to pollen.

This is not a complete list of all possible symptoms of COVID-19 or seasonal allergies. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from mild to severe. You can have symptoms of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies at the same time.

If you think you have COVID-19, follow CDC’s guidance on ”What to do if you are sick.” If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
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How long should I wait to get tested if I think I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus?

We recommend waiting 5-7 days after your potential exposure to get tested. It typically takes 5-7 days after exposure for the test to report more accurate test results.

If you have any symptoms, get tested as soon as you can. If you can’t determine the exact moment when you were exposed, or you were exposed over a longer period of time, then get tested as soon as you can. If possible, avoid getting tested any earlier than 3 days after your potential exposure to prevent a false negative result.

https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/12/04/testing-and-traveling/

Clallam County Public Health is tracking our community concerns closely. Please go to this website for the most up to date information: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/


FAMILY RESOURCES

Protecting your family from COVID-19: Information and Resources

The Sequim School District and Clallam County Department of Health and Human Serviceshttp://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html wants to be sure that you have the information you need to help keep your family healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our County’s Coronavirus Information site has answers to many commonly asked questions about COVID-19, such as:

If you have concerns for symptoms (Symptoms CDC website:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) of the virus we recommend you call your medical provider for further instructions.

 

New Community Response Help Line, for more information please click on the link below:

Clallam County Offers Assistance

 


Sequim School District
Health Services Staff
Contact Us:

School Nurse 
Sonja Bittner BSN, RN
sbittner@sequimschools.org
360-477-7728

Health Services Specialist 
Ardis Mangano
ardisann@sequimschools.org
360-670-6589

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cherie Hendrickson
cherson@sequimschools.org
360-582-3239 

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cassie Cobb
ccobb@sequimschools.org
360-582-3239 

Middle School Health Clerk
Jennifer Meysenburg
jmeysenburg@sequimschools.org
360-582-3509 

High School Health Clerk 
Celene Frick
cfrick@sequimschools.org
360-582-3604

Greywolf Health Clerk
Jane Sallee
jsallee@sequimschools.org
360-582-3305