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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: noreply2portalluxorscientific.org
2. Click View Results
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.
6. Select the test result that you want to view. Click on the PDF file
7. An example test result will look like this:
8. If you are having difficulty accessing your results in the portal, you can email email@example.com 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 Delta variant) is dangerous for all age ranges, but this strain is much more likely to affect younger adults and children than the earlier strains and more likely to cause much more severe disease.
• If you are high risk for serious illness, you might be a candidate for medications (monoclonal antibodies) that can dramatically reduce risk, but those medications must be taken early. If you have mild to moderate symptoms and have chronic health problems, on medication that would lower your immune system, are over age 55, or are overweight, please call your doctor early to discuss if this treatment might be possible for you.
• 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 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’ll no longer be a candidate for the medication 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.
• There is a good chance you will feel terrible, 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 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 Leaving Isolation and
Returning to Work if You’re Infected
The most recent recommendations by CDC say you can leave isolation and return to work when you meet one of these two criteria. The symptom-based criteria would be used most of the time:
Symptom based criteria:
• At least 24 hours have passed since your last fever without use of fever reducing medicines.
• Your symptoms (if any) have improved.
• The appropriate time frame for you must have passed since symptoms first appeared or the date of the positive test (if no symptoms):
• 10 days for mild to moderate illness and you are not severely immunocompromised.
• 20 days for severe or critical illness or if you are severely immunocompromised.
Test based criteria:
Repeat testing for negativity should be rare and only if a medical provider has a concern of prolonged shedding of live virus and specifically recommends repeat testing. If that occurs, the following are recommended:
• The same criteria as above
• Two negative tests (PCR), taken at least 24 hours apart.
Even after you have met symptom-based criteria for return to work, symptoms that you have had, such as fatigue, may continue for quite a long time and may impact your ability to work. If this occurs, you may need to discuss this with your healthcare provider. Healthcare workers should continue to wear facemasks in the workplace until all symptoms have completely resolved or you have returned to your pre-infection state. Use of N95 masks and other PPE should continue according to your organization’s policies.
CDC Recommendations for Quarantine
If you or your family members do not have symptoms, but have been in close contact with an infected individual, you need to quarantine according to the guidelines below. CDC defines a close contact as being within six feet of that individual for 15 minutes or longer. This does not have to be all at one time, but could be cumulative over multiple exposures. If you have a test done after an exposure, it should not be done until 7 days after that exposure.
• If you can, you should quarantine for 14 days from the last day of close contact. That’s the longest it may take for the virus to become detectable. Most people will have a positive test in about 7 days.
If you can’t quarantine for the full 14 days, it is acceptable to follow one of two alternatives, but both have a slightly higher risk of you being infected and capable of infecting others:
• You can leave quarantine after ten days if you do not have a test.
• You can leave quarantine after seven days if you have a negative test which was performed on the sixth or seventh day after your last time of close contact.
If one of these situations applies to you and you leave quarantine early, you should be extra diligent to wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands frequently. You should also monitor yourself daily during the remainder of the 14 days after exposure for any symptoms of Covid, which could be very mild. Those symptoms could be any new respiratory symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms, or fever. If you do develop symptoms, you should be tested again.
Currently available vaccines are extremely effective (approximately 80% for any infection and nearly 100% effective for serious, life threatening or fatal infections) and are extremely safe. Even the 20% who get the infection after vaccination are likely to have much milder illnesses than those not vaccinated. 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. We strongly encourage everyone who can to get the vaccine. After you’ve recovered from this infection and can leave isolation and your family and friends who have quarantined can leave, please get the vaccine. Having everyone over the age of 12 vaccinated is the best way to reduce the risk of those under 12.
You can find a vaccination site near you at www.scdhec.gov/vaxlocator
***CONVALESCENT PLASMA DONOR***
If you have Covid, you can help others by becoming a convalescent plasma donor 14 days after your symptoms reside. Please call 864-751-1168 to schedule an appointment with The Blood Connection.