Hospitals and health systems, including Phelps Health, continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19. For more information about cases in the state, visit Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
COVID-19 Testing at Phelps Health
When should you get tested for COVID-19?
- If you have symptoms, test immediately.
- Consider testing before contact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if you are in an area with a medium or high COVID-19 community level.
Do you need a COVID-19 test for any of the following reasons?
- To confirm a COVID-19 diagnosis
- For travel purposes
- For back-to-school or back-to-work
At Phelps Health, we are able to test patients for COVID-19 at our Walk-In Clinics in Rolla and Waynesville. No appointment necessary. Open 7 days a week. You also can contact your primary care provider for COVID-19 testing.
Our Walk-In Clinics can order antibody testing (to check for past infections of COVID-19) during your visit, but you will be sent to one of our labs for the blood test. You also can contact your primary care physician or provider for antibody testing.
Reminder: Always call your primary care physician or provider first if you suspect you may have COVID-19. Your doctor’s office may be able to help.
COVID-19 At-Home Tests: COVID-19 at-home test kits are available for purchase at local pharmacies. If your at-home test shows that you are positive for COVID-19, contact your doctor or healthcare provider for treatment options.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What can you do to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19?
Follow CDC guidelines for prevention, which include:
Improve ventilation and filtration indoors.
Move indoor activities outdoors, when possible. Viral particles spread more easily indoors than outdoors.
Get tested for COVID-19, if needed.
Stay home when you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Seek treatment if you have COVID-19 and are at high risk of getting severely sick.
Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Depending on COVID-19 community levels, you also may want to wear a mask or respirator as well as avoid crowded areas and keep distance between yourself and others.
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