Test positive for COVID-19, now what? – WWLP.com

January 14, 2022
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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Department of Public Health reported more than 22,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts on Wednesday as people continue to wait in long lines to get tested.
The first thing you should do is isolate by staying in a separate room away from other people and pets for at least five days. Dr. Armando Paez of Baystate Health says next, inform any close contacts of your positive result. A close contact is anyone you’ve been within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period while contagious.
An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours before they have any symptoms or tests positive, Dr. Paez explains. If possible, use a separate bathroom as other family members in your household. The CDC also recommends not sharing cups, towels and utensils.
If you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are getting better after 5 days, you can leave isolation as long as you continue to wear mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting others.
Dr. Paez says that while most people will have mild illness and are able to recover at home, people who test positive should monitor their symptoms. If you are having difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain, inability to wake or stay awake, or confusion then call 911 or call your local emergency department to notify them you are coming in to seek care.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many Americans are turning to at-home tests to determine if they’re infected with COVID-19. But many are left questioning who should they report a positive test too.
The CDC doesn’t instruct people to report their positive case as part of its self testing guidelines, but many local health departments want that information. Massachusetts Department of Public Health says it has no way to collect at-home test results. But if you do test positive at home, you’re being advised to contact your local health department.
HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – Hartford Police are saying on Thursday a seventh grader is in grave condition after a suspected overdose at school.
According to the city’s mayor, the 13 year old boy attends Sports and Medical Sciences Academy. Adding that initial reports came in mid-morning of a student unconscious who collapsed in the gym.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield will be celebrating their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration and flag raising ceremony.
According to the news release sent to 22News, Mayor Sarno will bring greetings and present a proclamation at the City of Springfield’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at City Hall on Friday. Mayoral Aide Lavar Click-Bruce will emcee the event.  Rev. Mark Baymon will provide the opening invocation and Bishop Talbert Swan will bring greetings on behalf of the Greater Springfield NAACP.

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