How to report your Covid home test result

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Your doctor may recommend taking a PCR test for confirmation and may provide a medical report to help you miss work or school. Your doctor can also help you track new or concerning symptoms, advise you on antiviral treatments, and clear you to return to work once you are fully recovered.

Many local public health departments allow people to report their results online, although their methods of obtaining test data often vary from region to region. You can find your health department’s website and information in the National Association of County and City Health Officials Directory.

Some reporting methods are simple, like the one in Marin County, California, which has a simple online form to report results. Residents of St. Louis County, Missouri can call, email, or submit their results online. In Washington, DC, you can use an iPhone or Android app, in addition to the Department of Health’s self-reporting web portal.

Other health services websites are notoriously difficult to navigate or even understand. New York State’s Covid-19 resource page, for example, says residents are not required to report their test results. A Department of Health representative said it was because New York had only used results from official labs or testing providers “to analyze trends and report consistent data to the public” since the start of the pandemic. pandemic. But some counties in New York, like Albany County and Tompkins County, allow reporting of home test results, which are separate from data collected by the state.

Although there is no national home test monitoring website, researchers in Dr. Brownstein’s group have developed a crowdsourced home test results platform called OutbreaksNearMe.org that is quite intuitive to use.

Originally designed to track flu outbreaks, the site has expanded to help create maps and analyze data on Covid-19 cases submitted by volunteers. The site shares information with the CDC and local public health agencies and makes it available to the public, Dr. Brownstein said.

“Home testing represents a huge change in how quickly people can identify an infection, how quickly they can get care and access treatment,” Dr. Brownstein said. “They’re going to be a critical way to deliver healthcare in the future, so we need to make sure that we in public health are tracking testing data.”

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