Covid 19 Test Info

August 11, 2020.  According to the Department of Public Health, the current list of symptoms that may indicate Covid 19 are as follows:

❏ Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (temp criteria updated 08/18/20 by CDC)

❏ Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 

❏ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 

❏ New loss of taste or smell 

❏ Sore throat 

❏ Headache when in combination with other symptoms 

❏ Muscle aches or body aches

❏ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 

❏ Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

❏ Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms 

As with any new, persistent, or worsening symptoms, it's best to contact your Primary Care Provider for further guidance.  Please keep in mind that the symptoms listed are common for many other conditions.  If testing is recommended, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has an Online Test Site Locator with linked information available for each site listed.  While some sites allow walk-in visitors, it's best to call ahead to assure availability.

Further information about testing protocol was recently published by Northampton Area Pediatrics (below).

 

 

 
Update on COVID Testing
 
August 11, 2020
 
The availability of testing for the COVID-19 virus continues to change frequently as the pandemic progresses and the resources for testing shift. For the past several weeks, we have been able to provide rapid turn-around testing through Cooley Dickinson Hospital (CDH). However, because of increased demand and a decrease in supply, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Baystate Medical Center have announced they will no longer allow testing of asymptomatic patients for school entry, sports, or travel clearance. NAP is required to follow the hospitals’ defined testing protocols.
 
Active efforts are underway to increase COVID testing resources, as new types of tests are developed, the seven-state consortium begins to work, and in-office testing becomes available. For now, we anticipate that we will continue to test NAP patients who have symptoms indicative of possible COVID infection, those needing pre-procedure clearance, and those meeting specific criteria for COVID exposure. Asymptomatic patients requesting testing for clearance for school/work or related to travel unfortunately cannot be accommodated at this time. Testing still often can be done at independent sites such as Urgent Care centers, though the time to receive results is often longer. For the most up to date information on testing sites, please visit www.mass.gov/gettested.
 
We understand how much everyone is juggling to cope with COVID and its effects on health, child-care, school, work, and our personal lives. We believe this shortage in testing is temporary and we will do our utmost to bring more resources on-line as soon as possible.
 
COVID symptom list
The COVID symptom list issued by the CDC has expanded again in the past week, and now includes any of the following:
 
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
 
Our staff are required to ask the most up-to-date COVID screening questions at the time the appointment is scheduled and again when you arrive at the front desk. If patients or families with a pre-scheduled appointment have any of these symptoms in the 3 days prior to your office visit, please call our office to reschedule your office visit and schedule a sick visit in our VIP area. If a patient or family presents to the office with any of these symptoms, they will be asked to return to their car and call the office for further instruction. Our office has a sealed off area [“VIP”] where we are only seeing patients with COVID symptoms to keep the remainder of our office a COVID symptom free space.