AdventHealth has confirmed that it has begun testing patients who meet evaluation criteria for the novel coronavirus in Florida. Yet, they are only testing those who are referred with a physician’s order for patients who meet the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you are sick and exhibiting symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you should seek treatment with your primary care physician. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, you can go to a drop-in site like Centra Care where you will be tested for other illnesses before a COVID-19 test is ordered.

You should only go to the Emergency Room if you are experiencing severe respiratory distress or chest pain, not for a COVID-19 test.

If you have traveled internationally or been on a cruise, you should self-quarantine for 14 days as soon as you return home. Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms. If you develop any of the above symptoms like a fever, seek help and disclose your travel history. They will advise you on your next steps.

Results for COVID-19 tests take up to seven days from collecting the sample to sharing the results, which is why isolation is so important. All positive test results are shared with the Florida Department of Health.

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Brendan O'Connor

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