*By appointment only*
West Caldwell Health Council, Inc. is now offering COVID-19 rapid testing. Results will be communicated by 5:00 p.m. on the day of testing. See the criteria for testing below:
- Do you have symptoms of COVID-19? https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/symptoms
- Are you 65 years of age or older?
- Do you have chronic health conditions?
- Do you live in a group home, homeless shelter or assisted living center?
- Do you work as a healthcare worker, first responder, EMS, law enforcement, fire, or military?
- Do you work in a long term care facility or correction facility?
- Do you work as a front–line essential worker (grocery store clerk, gas station attendant, etc)?
- Have you traveled recently?
- Have you been around anyone who has tested positive for COVID–19?
- Patients or persons who are required to be tested prior to a medical procedure or surgery etc.
- Patients or persons who are required to be retested by their employer prior to returning back to work.
If you meet the criteria for testing, you may contact Happy Valley Medical Center to get tested at 828-754-6850. If you have already been tested at another facility and are currently waiting on test results, we respectfully ask that you stay at home and wait for your results due to high testing volume.
If you are able, please print and complete the following forms prior to testing:
*Also, please bring your photo ID (or a copy if you are able). There is no charge for testing at this point in time.
What you need to know about COVID-19:
How does the virus spread?
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
- Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
Take steps to protect others:
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Wash your hands!
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Monitor your health…
Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.