How medical pros decide whether to test someone for COVID-19

This checklist could be useful to prospective patients — as well as health-care workers.

A COVID-19 assessment sheet for health-care providers, issued by the Washington State Department of Health.

A COVID-19 assessment sheet for health-care providers, issued by the Washington State Department of Health.

Now that test kits are more widely available for COVID-19, the new coronavirus, how are health professionals deciding whether someone should be tested?

Below is a checklist form they are using. It’s provided by the Washington State Department of Health. It might be useful for prospective patients, too.

After answering questions about a person’s health profile, the form lists steps to be taken if the patient qualifies for additional routine testing, including how to isolate a potentially infected person and to protect health-care workers.

If a patient is tested for the coronavirus, the Snohomish Health District recommends immediate isolation:

“If you test a patient for COVID-19, you should direct them to remain isolated at home. Any ill household contact should also stay home. Well household contacts will be managed depending on the results of the tested patient, with quarantine for well household contacts of infected patients.”

Some terms here might be unfamiliar:

ARDS: Acute respiratory distress syndrome

LRI: Lower respiratory tract infection

Talk to us

More in Local News

Police find, rescue Shoreline man trapped in Edmonds ravine

Someone heard cries for help near a forested hillside near Marina Beach. He was there two days.

Eviction moratorium uncertainty means preparing for anything

Landlords and housing advocates work to keep a roof over the heads of Snohomish County’s renters.

One dead, three hospitalized after Highway 522 crash

An East Wenatchee woman died after a head-on collision Saturday night in Monroe.

Want to save $357 a year? 50% more PUD customers now qualify

The new program expands eligibility for discounts based on income and household size.

Police: Lake Stevens political sign thief assaults witness

The suspect, 66, removed signs of two Black candidates, then attacked a man who confronted him, police said.

Man suspected of child abuse in Hawaii arrested in Shoreline

He was wanted for investigation of seven counts of child sexual assault and abuse in Maui.

Daycare, homeless shelter closed due to COVID-19 cases

Up to 14 people, mostly kids, tested positive for COVID-19 at Tender Hearts Dayschool in Marysville.

COVID anxiety? The fears aren’t unfounded, and there is help

Stay-home and distancing measures may be worsening problems with panic, social phobia, agoraphobia.

Most Read