COVID vs. FLU: FAST FACTS ON
Valley Health implements point of care testing for
In the past, symptoms like a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath,
headache, and body ache meant the onset of seasonal flu, a severe cold or
perhaps strep throat. But with COVID-19 in our community, they might
signal the beginning of a life-threatening battle with the coronavirus as a
worst case-or at least two weeks of self-quarantine to prevent the spread of
the disease to family, friends, co-workers, and others.
Wouldn't it be great if you could get a quick diagnosis so you'd know what
steps to take for your safety, along with the well-being of your loved ones,
when you had symptoms? Now you can! Here are five facts about Valley
Help us prevent the spread of COVID this
winter. Practice the "3 Ws"!
#MaskForOthers \::,I + Wear your mask.
+ Wash your hands.
+ Watch your distance.
Health's new point of care rapid testing service for
COVID-19 and the flu:
• Testing is available for those with flu-like or
respiratory illness symptoms.
• The rapid test is available at all Valley Health
Urgent Care locations. Patients can check in
on line to avoid the waiting room or to arrange a
telehealth virtual visit; make a timed reservation
on line at vhurgentcare.com.
• The test consists of a single nasal swab that
analyzes for influenza and COVID. (Note this test
will not determine past exposure and/or possible
immunity to the coronavirus.)
• Patients should receive same-day test results.
• If you have symptoms of respiratory illness and are
unsure what steps to take, call the Valley Health
Respiratory Care Phone Line at 540-536-0380
(Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM; and Saturday, 9 AM-
1 PM) to speak with a Valley Health team member
about your symptoms.
Several Valley Health Family and Internal Medicine
practices will offer this testing and other services to
their patients. If you don't have a personal or family
care provider, this is a great time to make an appointment
and establish a medical relationship with one of
our expert caregivers. That way when you need care,
your provider is only a call away!
_. To learn more, coll 540-833-DOCS.
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