Resources for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

Have symptoms? If you’re feeling even mildly ill with new symptoms like fatigue, cough, fever, or a decreased sense of taste or smell, please contact your local health care provider. Increased testing will help keep the lid on COVID-19 by making sure any new cases are detected quickly and help to prevent the disease from spreading.

For health questions or COVID concerns, please call the SEARHC COVID hotline at 966.8799 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Outside of normal clinic hours, patients can contact the SEARHC 24/7 Nurse Advice Line at 1.800.613.0560 to be triaged by a registered nurse.

If you test positive for COVID-19, let your close contacts know immediately. Contact tracing resources statewide are strained, so it may be a few days before a Public Health contact tracer can call you. In the meantime, call your own close contacts. The sooner close contacts can self-quarantine, get tested, and isolate if needed, the better to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to family, friends, and others within your community.

Use this handout (download below), provided by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, to help figure out who you need to call. A close contact is someone you came within 6 feet of for at least 15 minutes (15 minutes does not have to be continuous).  http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/testing.aspx

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