DENVER – As COVID-19 and the omicron variant continue to rise across Colorado and the United States, more people are seeking testing, with many turning to home testing.
Maybe you feel bad. Maybe you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Or maybe you just have plans and want to take some precautions. You take a home test and it comes back positive. And now?
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, you should report positive results to your health care provider or local public health agency.
For people who do not have a health care provider, they can also report a positive result to the condition through its online declaration portal. After create an account, select the test type “Home antigen – self-reported” to report a positive test result.
So far, CDPHE has received almost 350,000 reports of positive test results from rapid tests.
However, only PCR and other molecular active tests are included in the statewide test positivity rate, which means that self-reported tests are not included and do not affect the state COVID-19 data. The state’s seven-day positivity rate on Wednesday was 25.19%, well above the state’s target of staying below 5%.
While it is not mandatory for people to report or confirm positive test results, they should still follow up. isolation protocols.
The PCR test is considered the “gold standard” for COVID-19 tests because it can detect very small amounts of the virus, according to the CDPHE. Labs can also perform genome sequencing on PCR positive samples, which helps the state learn more about the spread of variants in Colorado.
The CDPHE recommends anyone who has traveled abroad or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 to take a PCR test three to five days after possible exposure.
But with tests in high demand, be prepared to potentially waiting in long queues at numerous COVID-19 test sites across the state, with CDPHE seeing a 32% increase in visits to test sites in the past week alone.
The department said rapid antigenic tests are most useful when used as a screening test and can alert individuals more quickly to a positive result. It is recommended that symptomatic people with a negative rapid test result verify the results with a PCR test.
President Joe Biden announced on December 21 the plan to buy 500 million rapid home COVID-19 tests which will be provided free of charge by courier to any American who wishes. While there is no indication when these tests might be available, Biden announced Tuesday that insurance companies will be required to reimburse policyholders who purchase home COVID-19 tests.
Governor Jared Polis announced a similar initiative in September, allowing the Coloradans to sign up to receive free BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests.