If You Have COVID-19 / Tested Positive for COVID-19

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive, please isolate and inform your healthcare provider, as well as any close contacts.  

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are looking for information and guidance please review our Home Isolation Instructions for COVID-1available in English and in Spanish

Please be sure to follow these safety precautions:

  • Stay home and isolate - except to seek medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people - try to use a separate room and bathroom from others within the household
  • Wear a mask if you must interact with others
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Clean high-touch surfaces daily

NOTE:  A negative self-test result means that the test did not detect the virus and you may not have an infection, but it does not rule out infection. Repeating the test within a few days, with at least 24 hours between tests, will increase the confidence that you are not infected. 

NOTE: PCR testing is recommended following a negative antigen (rapid) test. PCR tests are more sensitive and can detect smaller viral loads that occur at the beginning of an infection. Click here for PCR testing information and sites.

For more information please visit the CDC "What to do if you are sick" page or CDPH "What to do if you are Exposed" page

Test-to-Treat Options

Faster, easier access to life-saving COVID-19 treatments

Some individuals may be eligible for treatments through a Test-to-Treat site. For more information on the review this helpful information on our COVID-19 Treatments page.

  • Test-to-Treat Sites: Certain LHI sites, including the Mariposa site located at the Park & Ride lot behind Rite Aid, offer a consultation following a positive antigen (rapid) test to determine if you are eligible for treatment and will provide a prescription if appropriate.
  • Primary Care: Speak with your primary care provider about appropriate treatment options as soon as possible.
  • Urgent Care: Urgent care sites may be an option for those with out a primary car provider in order to receive a medical evaluation for potential treatment options.

At-Home Positive Test Results - How to report

COVID-19 self-tests (also referred to as home tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests) are one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

You can report your results by using the CA Rapid Antigen Testing Program.  You can also report your results by phone at 650-275-5419.  Please use this reporting tool for reporting at-home tests only. 

If you have additional questions please call our team at 1-209-966-3689.

Self-tests can be taken at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results.  You can use self-tests, regardless of vaccination status, or whether or not you have symptoms.

Properly follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions for performing the test.

Order At-Home Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to place an order for FREE rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits. Each test kit contains four (4) tests, and you can order up to four (4) kits. Test kit orders will usually ship in 7-12 days and can be requested by visiting COVIDtests.gov or by calling 1-800-232-0233 or 1-888-720-7489.

Additional testing options may be available at local pharmacies such as Rite Aid.

How to order your free test kits:

  1. Go to www.covidtests.gov (English, SpanishSimplified Chinese) 
  2. Click the blue button that says "order free at home tests"
  3. Fill out the information with your residential address
  4. Click the green button that says "check out now"

Additional rapid testing options may be available at local pharmacies such as Rite Aid as well as through your Primary Care Physician.

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