In earlier days of the pandemic, looking at the number of COVID-19 cases in our community and whether it was rising or falling was a reliable indicator of risk. But that has changed. Case numbers are not as reliable now because a lot of people are testing positive with home tests and they are not always reported to public health.
Oral antivirals and monoclonal antibodies became available in our community a few months ago. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t sure if we qualify or when to begin those treatments. Others simply don’t have a primary healthcare provider to ask. Test to Treat aims to remove those barriers.
COVID-19 is not going to disappear any time soon. But as we learn to live with it, we can find new ways to look at it and learn about it.
Reporting your at-home test results is now easier than ever! The Benton-Franklin Health District has developed a simple online self-reporting form that can be accessed from the district’s web page in both English and Spanish on any of the District’s COVID web pages in the top magenta bar.
Adapted from Public Health Insider – Official Insights from Public Health
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