What to do if you can’t find a COVID-19 test

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Northeast Ohio is experiencing a COVID-19 test shortage like the rest of the nation. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) understands how frustrating this can be for people who want a COVID-19 test. LCPH encourages people to stay home if they are sick or if they were exposed to someone who has COVID-19. 

“Staying home might not be an option for people without paid sick leave or who are essential workers,” acknowledged Health Commissioner Mark Adams, MPH, RS. “If you can’t stay home, be sure to wear a mask around others and wash hands often. Employers, use the New Year to consider improvements to sick leave and caregiving policies. Paid sick leave makes it easier for people - especially people in vulnerable situations - to protect themselves and the rest of our community.”

If you think you might need a COVID-19 test, ask yourself: 

  • Do I feel sick?
  • Do I live with someone who just tested positive for COVID-19? 
  • Was I within six feet of someone who just tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more?

If you answered no to all of these questions, please do not get a COVID-19 test. If you answered yes to any of these questions, try to find a test - visit LorainCountyHealth.com/coronavirus for options. People who feel sick should test right away and stay home until they feel better, if able. People who were exposed to someone who just tested positive for COVID-19 should test 5-7 days after the exposure.

If you should get tested but you're unable to find a test, do your best to stay home and follow other prevention strategies, like wearing a mask and washing hands.