Testing, Diagnosis and Treatment
St. Luke’s follows the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 testing. Read the current guidance.
If you think you’ve been exposed to the virus and you have symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you have risk factors for serious disease, click When to See a Doctor for more information on when and how to be seen.
If you do require testing, your doctor may take samples, including sputum, a nasal swab and a throat swab to send for testing.
Currently there is no antiviral medication recommended to treat COVID-19. Treatment is directed at relieving symptoms and may include pain relievers such as Tylenol, medicine to help cough symptoms, rest and fluid intake.
Whether or not you have a positive COVID-19 test, you should isolate for at least 72 hours after not having a fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers, AND other symptoms have improved (cough or shortness of breath), AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.