COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing
- Individuals with urgent COVID-like symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain should call 911 or seek immediate medical attention.
- Individuals with mild COVID-like symptoms, who do not want medical help and want to be tested can pick up a self-swab test kit outside the Express Clinic entrance at the main hospital. Kit pickup is available from 9AM – 7PM daily. Collection kits are accepted in the metal box next to the pickup station. All patients with positive COVID results will receive a call from the COVID Nurse Line. Patients with MyChart access can view results in MyChart as soon as they are released by lab. Patients without MyChart can indicate that they would like to be notified of negative results by text message (if not, they will receive a phone call). See FAQ below for more information.
- Individuals with mild COVID-like symptoms, who do not require immediate medical help, should contact the COVID Nurse Consult Line 360.344.3094 to determine next steps for testing and/or care.
- Pre-procedure testing – Jefferson Healthcare does pre-procedure testing for patients with a Jefferson Healthcare provider.
- Individuals seeking pre-procedure testing who don’t have a Jefferson Healthcare provider and are not having a procedure done at Jefferson Healthcare and those who require travel testing may use the following resources:
JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
NORTH STAR CLINIC
- 2120 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend WA 98368, Ph: 360-344-8146
- See web page for details: https://northstar-clinic.com/covid-19
RITE AID PHARMACY
- Free Covid-19 testing through Department of Health and Human Services
- See web page for details: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing
- Free Covid-19 testing, including a variety of drive-through tests and home testing kits for purchase
- Type of testing available varies by location
- See web page for details: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing?ext=gmb
PIXEL BY LABCORP
- Get a COVID-19 Home Collection Kit at $0 upfront cost. More information
Monoclonal Antibody Therapy
Jefferson Healthcare is providing Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for individuals who live in Jefferson County or have a primary care provider at Jefferson Healthcare. Therapy criteria must be met to receive therapy.
Must NOT have any of these criteria:
• Hospitalized due to COVID-19
• Require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19
• Require an increase in baseline oxygen flow rate due to COVID-19 that are on chronic oxygen therapy due to underlying non-COVID related co-morbidity.
• Beyond 10 days of symptom onset.
Must meet ALL of these criteria:
• Test positive for COVID and have had mild to moderate symptoms for 10 days or less
• 18 years of age or older
• Weight greater than 40kg (88lbs)
Must meet at least ONE of these criteria:
• Age 65 or older
• Have Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher
• Have diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or a condition that weakens the immune system
• Take medication that weakens the immune system
• Have heart disease, high blood pressure, or a long-term lung disease
• Have sickle cell disease
• Have a developmental condition like cerebral palsy
• Regularly use medical technology, like a ventilator (for non-COVID-19 issues), or a feeding tube
Jefferson County Public Health will provide all contact tracing guidance and testing unless the patient needs medical evaluation. Jefferson County residents who have known contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual should call Jefferson County Public Health at 360-385-9400.
Currently, Jefferson Healthcare views community prevalence as HIGH Visitation explanations can be found here. The revised visitation policy applies to all Jefferson Healthcare departments, clinics, and vendors.
If you are experiencing: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea and need medical attention please call your primary care provider, go to the Jefferson Healthcare Express Clinic or Emergency Room, or call 911 is appropriate.
Stay informed about COVID-19
Self-Swab Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I drop off my self-swab test?
Collection kits are accepted for testing at Jefferson Healthcare. Kits can be returned in the metal box next to the pickup station.
How long before I have my results from my self-swab test?
Results are usually returned between 24 and 72 hours. All patients with positive COVID results will receive a call from the COVID Nurse Line. All test results (positive or negative) will be posted in MyChart. Those without MyChart will be notified of negative results by text message or phone call.
What should I do while I wait for my results from my self-swab test?
- If you’re sick but have not had known contact with a positive COVID-19 case: Restrict all activities outside of your home. Stay at home and away from others as much as possible until 24 hours after your fever resolves (it needs to be <100.4F without taking medicine) and your symptoms are getting better.
- If your symptoms resolve quickly, be sure to still isolate until you view your negative result on MyChart. If you don’t have MyChart, you need to isolate for at least 72 hours after your test, to ensure that you don’t receive a positive result call within that timeframe.
- Pre-procedure testing: you must completely stay home after your COVID test until your procedure, except for getting essential medical care.
- If you have had contact with a positive COVID-19 patient: if you haven’t already, you need to talk to Jefferson County Public Health at 360-385-9400. It is important to follow their guidance for quarantine instructions.
What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
If symptoms worsen call the Nurse Consult line, if you do not need immediate medical help, or go to the Emergency Department for emergency care.
Are the self-swab kits free?
There is no charge for the self-swab kit. When the sample is dropped off at the Drive Thru Test Station insurance and contact information will be collected. If you have insurance we will bill insurance for the laboratory charges.
How often can I take a test?
Self-Swab Testing Kits are intended for individuals with mild COVID like symptoms. If you feel you need additional testing please call the Nurse Consult Line for further instruction.
Jefferson Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joe Mattern,
walks us through the current thresholds and procedures for COVID-19 tests in Jefferson County, Washington.
Testing and tracing are conducted for Jefferson County through a
partnership between Jefferson Healthcare and Jefferson County Public Health.