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You were tested today at either the Upstate Healthcare Coalition First Responder COVID Collection Site located at 1331 White Horse Road, Greenville SC 29605 or the ACSO Emergency Management Site located at 200 Bleckley Street, Anderson SC 29625.  The test that was performed was a PCR test of a nasopharyngeal swab or saliva.   You will receive your results via email within 24-36 hours. Results will be shown in the below format. If you test positive, you will receive a separate email with additional information.  If you have any questions please contact Dr. Griffith whose contact information will be in that email.  If your test result is "inconclusive" or "indeterminate" Dr. Griffith will contact you to explain what these results mean and what you should do. 

 

Please review the information below on how to interpret these results, positive, negative, or inconclusive.

For additional medical consultation, you may email barbbarham@aol.com with a phone number where you can be contacted.

Receiving your Results via Luxor’s Patient Portal

 

When you receive an email notifying you that your results are ready: 
1.Click the link in the email and you will be directed to the portal home screen.
Your email will be from: noreply@portalluxorscientific.org

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2. Click View Results

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3.    Authenticate your identity: enter the Access Code included in the email.

4.    Enter your Last Name, First Name, and Date of Birth.

5.    Select Authenticate. You will be automatically directed to a screen listing all completed tests.

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6.    Select the test result that you want to view. Click on the PDF file 

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7.    An example test result will look like this:

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8.    If you are having difficulty accessing your results in the portal, you can email results@luxorscientific.org requesting you results. 
•    You will have to confirm your Name, DOB, and state that you are requesting your results and we can email you the results. This email received will be an encrypted email. You will need to create a password in order to access your results. This password will need to be a minimum of 8 characters (including at least one upper case letter, one number and one symbol).

Positive Result Guidance
Taking Care of Yourself

 
  • The most prevalent strain of virus currently in the community (the Omicron variant) is much more contagious than the previous Delta variant, but less likely to cause severe disease. Symptoms may not be present at all or may mimic many common respiratory ailments, such as colds, allergies, or sinus infections. Omicron can still cause serious illness, but the overwhelming majority of people needing hospitalization or dying are those that are unvaccinated or have not gotten a booster shot.

  • If you are at high risk for serious illness, you might be a candidate for medications (including monoclonal antibodies and antivirals) that can dramatically reduce risk, but those medications must be taken early and are currently in short supply. If you have mild to moderate symptoms and have chronic health problems, on medication that would impair your immune system, are over age 55, or are overweight, please call your doctor early to discuss if early treatment might be possible for you.

  • If you’re not at high risk, treatment for mild to moderate disease is primarily symptomatic.

  • You can treat fever and achiness with Tylenol, but do not take more than 3000 mg. in a day.

  • Drink LOTS of non-caffeinated fluids. Fever greatly increases fluid loss and you need to remain hydrated.

  • Get LOTS of rest.

  • Try to eat good, nutritious food.

  • If you begin to feel really short of breath or have a feeling of persistent “heaviness” in your chest, go to the Emergency Department (ED) for evaluation.

  • If you have, or someone can get for you, a pulse oximeter, check your oxygen level frequently and if your reading is significantly decreasing, go to the ED. If it gets as low as 93%, you may no longer be a candidate for the medications mentioned above, so don’t wait too long to get it checked. Be sure to wash your hands with warm water, walk around a bit to get your blood circulating, and check it on several fingers. Go with the highest number from the various fingers.

  • You could feel terrible, even with Omicron, but the breathing difficulty is the most likely symptom that would indicate you need to go to the ED.

  • Certain health conditions may put you at higher risk of serious illness, but anyone can get really sick. Pneumonia is the most common and be most likely to cause serious illness in the early stages.

  • If you’re diabetic, watch carefully for signs of DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). Go to the ED if your blood sugars get out of control or you develop ketones (test).

  • If you have lung disease, go to the ED if you have any significant worsening of your breathing.

  • Do not self-administer any cortisone.

Protecting Your Family
Anyone living at your home

 
  • Family members should stay in a separate room as much as possible.

  • Use a separate bedroom and bathroom if possible.

  • No visitors!

  • Do not touch pets.

  • When in a room with others, be sure there is good air circulation. Wear a mask!

  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water not available.

  • Be sure household members avoid touching their face as much as possible.

  • Have your family members wear a mask if they’re around you.

  • Have family members wear gloves and mask if they must deal with your body secretions. Do not reuse these, but throw them away after use and immediately have them wash their hands.

  • Do not share eating utensils, towels, bedding, etc. and wash thoroughly after you use these. Any time your family handles any of these, they should wear gloves and wash hands immediately after removing their gloves.

  • Clean high touch surfaces daily using disinfectant solution.

  • Place all disposable items, such as gloves and masks in a plastic bag before disposal, taking care to wash hands carefully before touching the outside of the bag.

  • Follow these measures until you are beyond your isolation period, as described below.

  • Family members living with you need to maintain quarantine as described below after your isolation period is over.

CDC Recommended Criteria for Isolation (you have a positive test)
and Quarantine (you've been exposed to someone with Covid)

 

The most recent recommendations vary, depending on if you’re a healthcare worker or not, if you are immunocompromised, whether you have symptoms or not, and if you’re vaccinated or not, so be sure to follow the recommendations in the correct category for you. Healthcare workers are, as part of their job, in close contact with patients who may have covid or with their body fluids, including EMS personnel and those who have patient contact in healthcare facilities.

 

 

For Healthcare Professionals

Current recommendations are significantly more complex than for the general population, including assessing varying degrees of risk exposure. In general, restrictions from work are minimal if you’re fully vaccinated and boosted, but there are still guidelines that need to be understood. Since this complexity makes summarization impractical, please refer to current guidance at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html#ref05 . If you need assistance with this, please contact your healthcare provider or you can contact me at griffiw@aol.com or call or text at 864-710-1892 and I’ll work with you individually.

 

 

For General Population (not healthcare professionals)

Isolation (You have a new positive test, regardless of vaccination status. Do not repeat a test once it’s positive. It can remain positive for months after you’re no longer contagious.)

 

If you have symptoms, isolate at home until any fever has resolved and you’re beyond 5 days from the onset of symptoms and those symptoms are improving. Continue to wear a mask for another 5 days when you’re around others.

 

If you don’t have symptoms, isolate at home for 5 days from the date of your test. Continue to wear a mask for another 5 days when you’re around others.

CDC Recommendations for Quarantine
(You've had a close contact, within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes with someone with Covid while they are or may be contagious)

 

If you’ve been vaccinated and boosted, completed Pfizer or Moderna within 6 months, or J&J within 2 months:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.

  • Get a test on day 5, if possible.

  • Isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

 

If you’re unvaccinated, completed Pfizer or Moderna more than 6 months ago, J&J more than 2 months ago, and have not been boosted:

  • Quarantine at home for 5 days, then wear a mask for an additional 5 days.

  • If you can’t quarantine, wear a mask for 10 days.

  • Get a test on day 5, if possible.

  • If you develop symptoms, isolate and get a test.

 

If you have a medical condition or on medication that would impair your immune system, contact your healthcare provider for advice.

Vaccinations

 

Currently available vaccines are extremely effective for Omicron when boosters are taken and are extremely safe. Even if you’ve recovered from prior infections with Covid, at this point, protection from future infections is thought to be much better with the vaccine than from the natural infection, especially as future variants evolve. We strongly encourage everyone who are eligible to get the vaccine. The mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna are proving to give superior protection and are readily available without cost. Having everyone over the age of 5 vaccinated is the best way to reduce the risk of those under 5.

You can find a vaccination site near you at www.scdhec.gov/vaxlocator