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COVID-19 Testing What You Need to Know

Beginning May 1, 2022, Fairfield Medical Center’s COVID-19 Testing Facility is no longer seeing patients for COVID-19 testing.

There are many different community resources readily available to receive a COVID-19 test. If you suspect that you may have COVID-19 and need a COVID-19 test, please contact your healthcare provider.

 

 

Where to Find a Test

Fairfield Medical Center’s Emergency Departments (Main Campus and River Valley Campus) is unable to provide COVID-19 Rapid Tests to asymptomatic individuals for screening purposes. If you are not exhibiting signs of illness and need tested to meet return-to-work or return-to-school requirements, we recommend visiting your primary care provider, urgent care, or an alternative testing location.

The demand for COVID-19 testing fluctuates throughout the year and each testing location has its own inventory controls and protocols for the public to access tests. When you find a testing location, it’s important to call in advance to ensure tests are available and to determine how to access tests. If testing is not available for any reason, many partners can direct you to an alternate location.

Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov to find the closest testing facility near you.

Testing Before an Elective Procedure at Fairfield Medical Center

covid test photoYour provider will determine if a COVID-19 test needs to be completed before your scheduled elective surgery/procedure. If you have been notified that a COVID-19 test is needed, please read the below information.

You need to complete your test 4 days before your procedure. There are a few different ways to complete your test and ensure Fairfield Medical Center receives your results before your scheduled procedure. These options include:

  • completing a COVID-19 test at your provider’s office (if applicable)
  • completing an at-home COVID-19 proctored test that you can pick up from any FMC Lab location with a provider order. Click here to review the instructions associated with the at-home COVID-19 proctored test or clicker her to download the COVID-19 Binax Instructions to review. If you lose your FMC at-home COVID-19 test, please contact your provider to have another order placed for a new test.
  • or you can visit coronavirus.ohio.gov to find the most current COVID-19 testing facility locations in the area. If you opt to have your test completed at a non-Fairfield Medical Center testing facility, the record of your test is required to be sent to Fairfield Medical Center before your scheduled procedure. These results need to be faxed to 740-689-6799.

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Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Testing Before Your Procedure

  • You are being tested for the safety of our patients, staff and community. We know the virus can be spread several days before symptoms apprear, as well as by those who never develop symptoms.

  • Staying home is strongly encouraged to protect you, other patients and staff members at Fairfield Medical Center. If you do not have the ability to isolate at home, please follow the social distancing recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health. Please attempt to avoid contact with others or leaving the home as much as possible prior to your elective surgery/procedure.

  • Your provider will determine if a COVID-19 test is appropriate for you based on your COVID-19 vaccine status and the procedure you are having completed.

  • Depending on testing availability, our team can perform a COVID-19 test the day of your procedure. We encourage you to have your test completed in advance to ensure your procedure isn’t delayed.

  • Your elective procedure/surgery will be postponed and we recommend that you stay isolated. If you are in need of urgent or emergent services, we are here to provide the necessary care that you need.

    Most people with COVID-19 do not require treatment in a hospital and are able to quarantine at home and recover from the virus.

    If you are experiencing any emergency warning signs (difficulty breathing, constant pain or pressure in your chest, new disorientation or inability to arouse, blue tint in lips or face), seek immediate medical attention.

    Some recommendations for caring at home for someone with COVID-19 include:

    • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and clear liquids
    • Use over-the-counter medicines to treat fever and cough
    • Stay at home other than to receive medical care
    • Separate the person who is ill from others in the household
    • If you have to be around other people, wear a face mask if possible
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue – immediately throw the used tissue away and clean your hands
    • Clean your hands frequently by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or cleaning with a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid sharing personal items, such as: dishes, cups, utensils, towels or bedding
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
    • Monitor symptoms and seek medical attention if your illness gets worse

    For more information on what to do if you or someone in your home is sick, visit the CDC website.

  • No, once positive you do not have to be retested for 90 days. If you have a positive test your surgery/procedure can be rescheduled 20 days after the positive result.

  • Similar to other testing that is completed prior to your surgery/procedure to ensure your safety, your insurance will be billed for the COVID-19 screening test.