Did you know there are more than 50 COVID-19 testing sites up and running in Orange County, and that educators can get tested for free, even if they’re asymptomatic?
As a number of schools across Orange County finalize their plans to welcome back students, we recently checked in with the Orange County Health Care Agency for a quick rundown of what staff, students and families should know about testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. Here’s what we learned.
1. Any student, teacher or staff member with COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.
Not everyone exhibits or feels common COVID-19 symptoms. For those who do, the symptoms usually show up two to 14 days after they’ve been exposed.
Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other less common symptoms can include fatigue (feeling tired), muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
If you suspect you have symptoms, contact your doctor or health care provider to arrange for evaluation and testing.
2. Those who have symptoms and can’t get a test through a doctor — or who don’t have health insurance — can still get tested at no cost.
3. Because teachers are considered essential workers, they can be tested free — even without symptoms.
There are a few ways for teachers to get tested.
Educators can make an appointment to visit the drive-through Super Sites at the OC Fair & Event Center and the Anaheim Convention Center. These locations generally have same-day and next-day appointments available.