Getting a COVID-19 test is not always the best course of action, and Dr. Regina Mysliwiec of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Emergency Department explains why. Dr. Mysliwiec is a key member of the hospital’s COVID-19 response team.
Dr. Mysliwiec talks about the uses and limitations of the COVID-19 test. (Spoiler, you can’t trust a negative test.)
If you need to get tested before a procedure, your surgeon will be sending an order for the test to the hospital lab and you can go to any CMH Lab location for your swab: West Lobby in the main hospital, CMH Health & Wellness Pavilion in Astoria, or the CMH Medical Group clinics in Warrenton or Seaside.
If you have severe symptoms and you need emergent care, you should go to the nearest emergency room. Consider calling ahead to let them know that you are symptomatic so they can prepare for you to enter the building safely without coming into contact with other patients or employees.
If you have only mild symptoms or no symptoms, but you think you have been exposed or you need a test for work or travel, you should make an appointment with the public health department in your area or with the CMH COVID-19 Testing Lab (503-338-4656).
Remember, our recommendation is that you wait until you have had persistent symptoms for 72 hours so we can be more confident in the test results.
Clatsop County Health Department: 503-325-8500, x4921 (English), x4925 (Spanish)
For scheduling a Covid-19 test or for questions about exposure, employers or employees asking about going back to work. Line staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m.
Washington State Department of Health: 1-800-525-0127, press #
Encouraging patients to call their health care provider if they have concerns about risk/exposure. Can give current information about Washington state cases and risk to the public. Line staffed 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Pacific County Emergency Operations Call Center: 360-875-9407 (North County Residents) or 360-642-9407 (South County Residents)
Questions about COVID-19 and available government services. Line staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CMH COVID-19 Testing Lab: 503-338-4656
CMH COVID Hotline: 503-338-4699
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