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Coronavirus

Will County resident tested for COVID-19 finally gets test results

Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients Tuesday in Seattle.
Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients Tuesday in Seattle.

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Last week, a Will County resident shared the experiences of being tested for COVID-19 after coming contact in people who tested positive for the virus.

The resident was tested last Tuesday

On Sunday, the resident finally a call from the hospital where this resident was tested with the results.

The test was negative for COVID-19, the resident said.

“I was relieved,” the resident said. “I immediately let everyone that I had told know.”

The resident was asked by the Will County Health Department to monitor symptoms, which at the time included headache, fatigue and low-grade fever.

On Friday, the resident was told symptom monitoring could stop because the resident was no longer at risk at developing illness, the resident said.

However, for peace of mind, the resident continued self-monitoring. The resident is still experiencing a fatigue and a low-grade fever and another family member has the same symptoms, as well as an upset stomach.

The resident’s headache began to dissipate shortly after hearing the test results, even though the headache had begun before learning about the exposure.

“I think a lot of it was stress-related,” the resident said.

The resident is blaming the symptoms, including some dizziness, on another virus.

“I just think a lot of people right now think of coronavirus,” the resident said. “People need to remember there’s still other stuff out there.”

The resident’s spouse was able to return to work on Monday. Everyone else in the family is sheltering in place until the crisis is past, the resident said.

Although the resident does miss the freedom of running to the store for chips and other snacks, which the resident admits is a "silly thing."

"And then I ask myself, 'Do I really need to go out and risk my life for this?'" the resident said. "Now that I'm negative, do I really want to change being in that state?

The Illinois Department of Public Health posted its "COVID-19 Testing Decision Matrix" on its website.

To view this information, visit bit.ly/2J8eJpN.

How to get tested for COVID-19

According to the Will County Health Department’s Facebook page:

1) Call your primary health care provider.

2) Your doctor must go to dph.illinois.govand fill out the patient investigation form to see if you should be tested.

3) If the doctor still believes you could be tested, the doctor calls the health department to receive instructions. The patient does not call the health department. The health department does not provide on-site testing for COVID-19.

4) The number the doctor should call is 815-740-8977 (COVID-19 hotline).

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