The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) purchased six million iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits. Each of the test kits contains two tests.
The OHA has begun distributing the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits to community-based organizations to distribute directly to the populations they serve. Local public health departments are also receiving the test kits that will be distributed more widely.
Jackson County Public Health has received 29,430 test kits from the OHA. “We are currently collaborating with multiple community partners in Jackson County to assist with the distribution of the test kits to the public. We want to ensure that there are multiple sites throughout the county where people can pick up two test kits per household,” states Tanya Phillips, Health Promotion and Preparedness Manager for Jackson County Public Health. “We will provide additional details next week on where and when the public can access these tests.”
How to use a COVID-19 at-home test kit
The iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits can be used on anyone 2 years and older. It is important for adults to perform the test on children under the age of 15.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms –fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, runny nose congestion, test within 7 days of feeling sick. If you are symptomatic and the first test is negative, repeat the test after 1-2 days.
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and were within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes, test 5 days after exposure.
These tests do not work well if you do not have symptoms or known exposure. COVID-19 tests are in extremely short supply; please use these tests only if you do not feel well or if you know you have been exposed.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19
Isolate yourself from others. Regardless of your vaccination status, if you test positive or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should assume you are contagious and stay home and away from others, even within your household, for at least 5 days. You should only leave to seek medical care.
Tell your close Contacts right away. Jackson County Public Health is no longer doing contact tracing of close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases, so it’s up to you to let them know! Call, email, or text people with whom you were in close proximity 2 days before your symptoms began. You should also recommend that they quarantine at home. The sooner you let your contacts know, the sooner they can take action to stop the spread.
A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of you for more than 15 minutes during your period of transmissibility. This time does not have to be consecutive and is cumulative over a 24- hour period.
Your period of transmissibility is 48 hours before you began to experience symptoms. Or, if you are not experiencing symptoms, it is 48 hours before the date you took your test.
Ask our medical provider if treatment is right for you. Early treatments are the most effective, so talk to your provider as soon as possible. For treatment information, visit the OHA website.
Take the optional survey. Since case investigations are no longer required, the Oregon Health Authority has created an optional survey for positive COVID-19 cases to fill out. The information collected from this survey will help track the spread and impact of the disease and will provide valuable data for state-wide COVID-19 dashboards and reports. Fill out the survey online.
Where to get tested in Jackson County
Call 211 for information for vaccine locations, visit the Oregon Health Authority Testing Finder site or visit the Jackson County Health and Human Services Testing Information page.