Testing, Diagnosis and Treatment
St. Luke’s follows the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19 testing. Use our Should I Get Tested for COVID-19 screening tool to find out if you meet current testing criteria. You can also Read the current guidance from MDH for more information.
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 24 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.