HOME COVID TESTING
HOME TEST or CLINIC TEST?
Check the CDC’s self-testing page: SELF-TESTING
If you are unvaccinated and have symptoms (even mild ones), call your doctor right away. You may need treatment that can only be arranged by the doctor.
· If you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, and have mild symptoms.
· If you're vaccinated and were exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID, multiple self-
tests" (every 48 hours for 2-10 days) starting 3 days after exposure) can help identify a breakthrough case early.
(DO NOT go into a pharmacy yourself if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID!)
What if my home test is positive?
~ Notify your county health department right away
~ You may be asked to have a test performed at a clinic or health department for confirmation
~ Isolate yourself
~ Tell the people you have been in contact with, in accordance with CDC guidance.
Home COVID tests are available to buy at Gorge pharmacies.
Hi-School (White Salmon) (509-493-4842) 2-pack for $30.00
Walgreens -The Dalles (541-296-3190) 2-pack for $25.00
Walgreens - Hood River (541-386-6280) 2-pack for $25.00
Rite Aid -The Dalles (541-298-5680) 2-pack for $25.00
Rite Aid - Hood River (541-387-2428) 2-pack for $25.00
In general, these tests are less sensitive than tests at most health care facilities.
(DO NOT go into a pharmacy yourself if you have symptoms or if you have been
exposed to COVID!)
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TESTS
These are "antigen" tests, that work like a home pregnancy test, where an antibody is included on the test strip and reacts very specifically with a protein (the "antigen") on the SARS Co-V-2 virus to cause a visible color change. In general, these tests are slightly less sensitive and specific than the "Nucleic Acid Amplification" or PCR tests you would get at most health care facilities