Tower Health Provides Update on COVID-19 Testing, Accessing Care, and Quarantine

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WEST READING, PA — As COVID-19 volumes surge in the community with Delta and the new Omicron variant, Tower Health is providing the community with guidance for testing, accessing care, and current quarantine guidelines. Tower Health reports that it is following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on vaccination recommendations and safety guidelines to protect the community and their staff against COVID-19 and seasonal illnesses.

“Throughout the duration of the pandemic our communities have been supportive of our team’s ongoing efforts to provide safe, high-quality care for all patients,” said P. Sue Perrotty, Tower Health President and CEO. “We need the continued help and support of everyone in the community now more than ever to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure our team members and resources are available to patients with the greatest need.”

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Testing for COVID-19
You should be tested if you have symptoms of COVID including, but not limited to, fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, or fatigue. You should also be tested if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals should be tested five to seven days after exposure. Unvaccinated individuals should be tested immediately and if test results are negative, they should test again five to seven days later.

Tower Health states that its Emergency Department staff are dedicated to treating individuals with emergent needs but ask that you do not use the Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing. Other COVID-19 testing locations and resources are available.

The CDC offers a free online viral testing tool to guide decisions about testing. Current testing recommendations for those who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms include self-tests (also known as a home test), free testing at state-sponsored testing locations, or testing at local pharmacy drive-thru clinics. Individuals with moderate symptoms or who are immunocompromised can visit Tower Health Urgent Care locations for testing.

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