Criteria for COVID-19 Testing: Jones County Health Department is not a Primary Care Provider and does not have the capacity to test for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with local healthcare providers and medical centers to facilitate COVID-19 testing. At this time, testing is most important for people that are 1) hospitalized; 2) live in or have contact with high-risk settings like a nursing home or assisted living facility; 3) first responder or healthcare worker; or 4) those who are at a higher risk of severe illness.
If you are in one of these priority categories, and are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (i.e., cough or difficulty breathing), please call your regular medical provider. If you do not have a medical provider and are not feeling well, call your nearest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), found at the following website: https://npidb.org/organizations/ambulatory_health_care/federally-qualified-health-center-fqhc_261qf0400x/nc/. You can also call your nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Room for assistance.
If you are not in one of the priority categories, but you have mild symptoms compatible with COVID-19 that do not progress, you do not need to be tested and should stay and recover at home.
COVID-19 Resources: Please check out the following resource information to keep you and your loved ones safe and sane during uncertain times like the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19):
You can also click on the following NC State Cooperative Extension link for resources that provide best practices for preparing for COVID-19 and managing risk for individuals at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores, food banks, gardens and farms: https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/covid-19-resources/