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Bay County Health Department: When in doubt about COVID-19, stay home

Test results for COVID-19, because of an increase in demand for the tests and laboratories...
Test results for COVID-19, because of an increase in demand for the tests and laboratories being backed up -- means people more than likely are waiting much longer to find out if they’re positive or negative.(WJRT)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 5:14 PM EST
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BAY COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Public health officials have hammered it home from the beginning -- if a person is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 -- go get tested.

“Regardless of whether you get the results of those tests back within 48 hours or if it takes more than four days, you really should be isolating yourself from others,” said Bay County Health Officer Joel Strasz.

Test results for COVID-19, because of an increase in demand for the tests and laboratories being backed up -- means people more than likely are waiting much longer to find out if they’re positive or negative.

Strausz said he understands people during this waiting period-- because of their job -- or financial reasons may feel they can’t afford to stay home and quarantine.

“If someone is symptomatic regardless of their position, regardless of their work they need to stay home. The priority should be that that virus is not spread within the community,” he said.

Strausz said to also be mindful of the information you’re being told and who it’s from -- like a laboratory or clinic where the test was performed.

“Sometimes they’re told they don’t have to quarantine or isolate, sometimes they’re told they have to quarantine and isolate much longer than they need to actually do that.”

It’s why Strausz said people should only follow the guidance of their local health department or the CDC.

“There are countless examples of people we have that just didn’t heed the advice and initially blew off the recommendations and quite quickly the virus spread throughout the family or household.”

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