COVID-19 FAQs

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

What do I do if I develop symptoms?

Stay home from work/school. Avoid close contact with others in your household. Call us at 785-587-0570 for further direction regarding testing and symptom management. If you are coming for an appointment, wear your mask and call us prior to entering the building. We will escort you directly back to a private room to meet with your provider.

 

What do I do if I have been exposed?

The level of exposure will determine the next course of action. In most instances, a member of the local health department will conduct contact tracing and begin notifying people with more specific directions. In the meantime, wear your mask and continue with social distancing. Be aware of your symptoms and monitor for new onset of any listed above. Testing is not typically required unless symptoms develop.

 

Where do I go for testing?

For our established patients, we can test you at Blue River Family Medicine with your appointment. For those who are not an active, established patient, contact the local health department for various testing options.

 

How is testing conducted?

Testing is offered both by nasopharyngeal swab and anterior nares swab depending on supply availability. The nasopharyngeal swab goes in one side of the nostril back into the respiratory passage and must be placed and rotated for 10 seconds. The anterior nares swab goes up into the nasal passage and rotate three turns in both sides.

 

How long before I have results from testing?

Testing times will vary based on demand. Tests are ran outside the office by both LabCorp and Quest. Typically results are available within 3-7 days.

 

Do I need to quarantine?

If you have been instructed to quarantine by your provider or the local health department, yes you must stay home under quarantine. If you have been tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms or potential exposure we ask that you quarantine.

 

How long do I need to quarantine?

A 14 day quarantine is the standard. People have become ill anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure. Your provider and/or the local health department will assist with directing your quarantine.

 

When should I seek additional medical assistance?

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face