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Who should get tested for current infection?

CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your healthcare provider or a public health professional.

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Have you been exposedto or tested positive from COVID-19? If you have tested POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 and have SYMPTOMS: Isolate for 10 DAYS from the date symptoms began. If you have tested POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 and have NEVER HAD SYMPTOMS: Isolate for 5 DAYS from the date you had your test done. If you are not fully vaccinated OR booster-eligible* but not yet boosted and have been in CLOSE CONTACT with someone diagnosed with COVID-19: Quarantine* for 10 DAYS from your last exposure. If you are boosted or fully-vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible* and have been in CLOSE CONTACT with someone diagnosed with COVID-19: You do not need to quarantine if you do not have symptoms. Wear a well-fitting face mask for 10 full days from your last exposure. Get tested for COVID-19 on day 5. Stay home and get a test if symptoms develop. *Booster-eligible includes people 16 years of age or older who completed their primary mRNA (Pfizer/Moderna) vaccine series greater than 6 months ago or their J&J/Janssen vaccine greater than 2 months ago.

Treatments Your Health Care Provider Might Recommend if You Are Sick

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If you test positive and are an older adult or someone who is at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, treatment may be available. Contact a health care provider right away after a positive test to determine if you are eligible, even if your symptoms are mild right now.

You can also visit a Test to Treat location and, if eligible, receive a prescription from a provider.

Don’t delay: Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective.

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

A monoclonal antibody is a laboratory-made protein that mimics your immune system’s ability to fight off harmful viruses that can cause disease. It is a treatment that may make your COVID-19 disease less severe and hasten your recovery. Monoclonal antibody treatment is not a substitute for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Find Monoclonal Antibody Treatment in KY

If you believe you meet the criteria, reach out to your healthcare provider to discuss this option or seek evaluation at a monoclonal antibody center that provides eligibility screenings.

KY TREATMENT LOCATIONS

Test to Treat

The Test to Treat initiative is a nation wide program where people can get tested for COVID-19 and, if eligible, receive a prescription an oral antiviral medication all at one time.

TEST TO TREAT

Oral Antiviral Treatment

Oral antiviral medications target specific parts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to help reduce its multiplication and spread through the body. It is a treatment that may ease symptoms and shorten the length of a COVID-19 viral infection.

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EVUSHELD

EVUSHELD is a protective medication (long acting monoclonal antibody) given before exposure to COVID-19. It is an additional step to help protect vulnerable and immunocompromised individuals who may not mount an adequate immune response after a vaccination. This medicine is available for adults or adolescents ages 12 years and older weighing at least 88 pounds (40 kg).

EVUSHELD contains two different antibodies given in two separate intramuscular injections. It is for individuals we are not currently COVID-19 positive and have not had a recent exposure to a COVID positive individual to prevent COVID-19 disease.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis with EVUSHELD is not a substitute for vaccination in individuals for whom COVID-19 vaccination is recommended. Talk with your healthcare provider to learn if you EVUSHELD is right for you.

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