Stay Calm and Careful

The questions of the past week have been related to exposures to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Basically, “we have been exposed to someone who subsequently tested positive, what do I watch for? What should I do?”

There are 2 aspects to this issue. 1) As we start to expand our social contacts, it is only logical that we will be more likely to come in contact with someone who tests positive. Hopefully the people you are meeting with are conscientious about their contacts too. 2) With more people being tested at the suggestion of our governor to get teste.

d or because of preprocedure testing, we see more positive tests in people who do not have symptoms.

So, what to do? If you are exposed to someone who tests positive, you need to quarantine yourselves for 14 days. You do not need to be tested unless you develop symptoms and the results of the test will help determine how you are treated. If you want to seek out a test, you can, but the results will not necessarily change how you are treated.

If you have questions about what to do, the best source of information is the Monroe County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline at 753-5555.

But avoiding unnecessary contact with others is the best way to keep yourselves safe. The “pandemic” is definitely not over.