The science behind false negative COVID-19 tests

Available in Spanish COVID-19 tests are extremely reliable when they give a positive result, but a negative result can’t always be trusted. False negatives test results are tests that show a negative result even when the person is infected with the COVID-19 virus, and they are common. “If you have any COVID-19-like symptoms, you should […]

Tips for being prepared at home if you test positive for COVID-19

This was updated on 2/7/2022, clarifying advice to seek medical attention if you have a fever of 102 or higher. The last couple of years has brought a near-constant stream of stress, worry and loss for so many of us. Those feelings are often worsened by the helplessness and lack of control we feel. While […]

What’s true and false about COVID-19 testing?

False: COVID-19 tests cannot tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu, so if you have a positive COVID-19 test it could just be the flu. True: COVID-19 tests are designed to specifically recognize SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The do not detect influenza or other common cold viruses. There are certain tests designed […]

Test positive? New website and hotline offer guidance

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has launched a new website that includes what to do if you test positive, if you have been exposed, and how to seek resources if you’re isolating at home and need support.  The website also includes a voluntary survey for people who’ve tested positive to help OHA and the larger community understand how and where the virus is spreading.

Who should be tested for COVID-19 and where to go for a free test 

Testing is one of the best tools available in our multi-layered approach to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is critical to know if you have been infected after being exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of the virus so you can prevent spreading it to others. 

COVID-19 home tests and holiday gatherings

If you are worried about gathering with others who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19, you may wonder about using COVID-19 home tests to find out whether you and people around you have current COVID-19 infection. While this is not currently recommended by the CDC, over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 testing kits are becoming more widely available.

How school COVID-19 testing supports in-person learning this school year

Every layer matters. Regular COVID-19 testing will help Oregon schools identify cases of COVID-19 infection early. Combined with cohorting, this will also help schools determine which students or staff need to isolate or quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.