Why do we NOT Test Everyone or those who are Asymptomatic?
- We only test individuals who are showing symptoms because the amount of viral protein being produced must be enough to be detected by the test. This happens when someone begins to show symptoms of being infected. Individuals who are not showing symptoms may be infected but may not be producing enough viral protein to be detected, therefore they may produce a false negative if tested. False negatives may give those individuals a false sense of being healthy which, in turn, may lead to unintentional, increased infection of others.
- If you start to experience symptoms, you can call the number, 609-569-4510, on Mondays and Wednesdays to schedule an appointment for testing or call your physician to see if they have testing available.
- If you believe you have been in contact with someone and could have been infected with COVID-19, you should monitor your symptoms, distance yourself in your home and wear face coverings to help minimize the spread. If you are an essential employee, you should make your supervisor aware of the possible exposure and follow their protocols.