As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the Kansas City region, local public health directors urge anyone with symptoms and those exposed to infected persons to get tested.
Local health departments determined that testing criteria for COVID-19 across the metro will remain the same, despite recent changes to national testing guidance. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modified its coronavirus testing guidelines to exclude people who are asymptomatic.
The CDC now says that people who have had close contact with an infected individual — typically defined as being within six feet of a person with the coronavirus and for at least 15 minutes — may not need a test if they do not have symptoms. The agency says considerations should be made for people if health care providers, state or local public health officials recommend testing.
The incubation period for the virus that causes COVID-19 is between 2-14 days. If you get tested too early after exposure, it’s possible you could get a false-negative test. Based on the latest data, local public health experts advise people who have been exposed to COVID-19 to:
- Check with your local health department for their recommendations on when to get tested.
- Self-quarantine for 14 days after exposure, even if you test negative, as it can take that long for symptoms to appear.
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