The Perfect Enemy | Polk County asks residents to report positive at-home COVID-19 tests to survey
August 10, 2022

Polk County asks residents to report positive at-home COVID-19 tests to survey

Polk County asks residents to report positive at-home COVID-19 tests to survey  KCCI Des MoinesView Full Coverage on Google News

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Polk County.The Polk County Health Department says people are finding out they’re positive for COVID-19 through at-home tests. But those test results don’t show up in the official state COVID-19 reports, and that means we could be heavily under-counting how many people are infected with COVID-19.At-home kits allow people to test and get results without leaving home. These tests include ones sent out by the federal government and those who are bought at the store.If you test positive with an at-home test, the Health Department wants you to go to their website and fill out a quick survey. You can find that survey here.The answers aren’t shared with anyone. And the health department says the survey provides a more accurate picture of how much disease is really in the community.”That helps us to identify again what metrics we need to put in place. So do we need to really start talking about if you’re indoors, maybe minimize indoor contact. We think meetings, we think indoor events, wear a mask — especially if you’re high risk, or you’re taking care of high risk individuals,” said Polk County public health communications officer Nola Aigner Davis. The health department also reminds people to check expiration dates on at-home COVID-19 tests. If they’re expired, they will not give accurate results.Watch: Polk County Health Department warns of climbing COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Polk County.

The Polk County Health Department says people are finding out they’re positive for COVID-19 through at-home tests. But those test results don’t show up in the official state COVID-19 reports, and that means we could be heavily under-counting how many people are infected with COVID-19.

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At-home kits allow people to test and get results without leaving home. These tests include ones sent out by the federal government and those who are bought at the store.

If you test positive with an at-home test, the Health Department wants you to go to their website and fill out a quick survey. You can find that survey here.

The answers aren’t shared with anyone.

And the health department says the survey provides a more accurate picture of how much disease is really in the community.

“That helps us to identify again what metrics we need to put in place. So do we need to really start talking about if you’re indoors, maybe minimize indoor contact. We think meetings, we think indoor events, wear a mask — especially if you’re high risk, or you’re taking care of high risk individuals,” said Polk County public health communications officer Nola Aigner Davis.

The health department also reminds people to check expiration dates on at-home COVID-19 tests.

If they’re expired, they will not give accurate results.

Watch: Polk County Health Department warns of climbing COVID-19 cases