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IDPH Director explains how it is determined who to test for COVID-19

IDPH Director explains how it is determined who to test for COVID-19

The Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health says she’s been getting a lot of questions about COVID-19 testing.  State Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike says if you feel ill start by calling your doctor.

“Your clinician will access your symptoms and based on the severity they can determine whether it is even useful to test or not.  The majority of people who don’t have severe underlying conditions will probably not need to be tested and will not have a test recommended and will be told to stay home,” said Ezike.  “The highest priority for testing of COVID-19 is for hospitalized patients and symptomatic health care workers and patients with severe underlying conditions that make them the highest risk for severe complications including death.”

Ezike says those sick should stay home for seven days or 72 hours after their fever and other symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.