COVID-19 Positive: Now What?
Unfortunately, we are seeing a rising number of COVID-19 cases. To help relieve pressure from our Emergency Departments and medical clinics, and as a convenience for area residents, we are now offering drive-through COVID-19 testing by appointment at the former Sears location at the Mall at Barnes Crossing, 1001 Barnes Crossing Road, Tupelo.
Make a Testing Appointment
To accommodate the high volume of people seeking testing, a myConnection account is required for those testing at our drive-through testing center. If you do not have a myConnection account, please take the time to create one before arriving at the site for your COVID-19 test. This will shorten your wait time and speed up your test results. (Plus, a myConnection account offers even more benefits.)
If You Test Positive
If you test positive for COVID-19 (or you test negative but have symptoms of COVID-19) at the testing center or one of our clinics, we will enroll you in Care Companion through our myConnection patient portal. This allows us to provide the best care for you over the next 14 days.
If you test positive, we want you to rest and hydrate well. However, we also encourage you to try to move around your house as much as possible throughout the day. When you sleep, sleeping on your stomach may be best.
We recommend that you take these supplements to help you through your recovery:
- Vitamin D 3,000 units daily
- Vitamin C 500 mg twice daily
- Quercitin 500 twice daily
- Zinc 50 mg daily
- Zyrtec 10 mg daily
- Melatonin 10 mg at bedtime for sleep
- Aspirin either 81mg daily or 325mg daily for the next 6 weeks*
* Children who have symptoms of an infection caused by a virus should avoid aspirin due to their possibility of Reye’s syndrome.
You do not need a steroid shot or any steroids as this may worsen your condition if given during the early course of your COVID-19 recovery. If you have pneumonia, you may be given some antibiotic and inhaled medicine to help with your breathing.
Pay special attention to your oxygen saturation with the oxygen saturation meter provided in your COVID-19 Care Kit. Check your oxygen saturation and if less than 94%, let us know through the Care Companion on myConnection/MyChart or by reaching out to your primary care provider or to one of our urgent care teams.
You should isolate for five to 10 days as you allow your symptoms to improve. If you have mild symptoms and are feeling well at day 5, you can return to your normal activities, but please wear a mask any time you are not alone for the next five days.
People Who are Exposed
If someone around you has been exposed, he or she should come for testing three to five days after exposure. Anyone who begins to have symptoms should be tested on day 2-3 of symptoms.
We Want to Help
We want to stay connected to you during your illness, so reach out to us with any questions. If your symptoms worsen, please let us know, especially if your oxygen saturation drops to less than 94%.
If you are connected to us on myConnection/MyChart, you can message your provider or contact one of our clinics to schedule an appointment. Additionally, you may contact Nurse Link anytime at 1-800- 882-6274 to speak to a registered nurse.
Thank you for allowing us to care for you. Get well soon!
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