How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

A specialized test must be performed to confirm that a person has been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Contact your medical provider or call the St. Charles County COVID Information Hotline at 636-949-1899 for information on obtaining testing. You must call ahead to obtain testing approval and receive further direction.

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. For those who do receive approval from a medical provider for testing, there are several options – including by the provider, through private laboratories and other sources. A list of testing sites in Missouri is available through the Department of Health and Senior Services.

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1. How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
2. What is a viral test, and what do the results tell you)?
3. What is an antibody test?
4. What do the results from an antibody test mean?
5. What are the limitations of antibody testing?
6. Are test materials available in St. Charles County, and how may they be obtained?
7. How does St. Charles County utilize test results? Can an antibody test affect the quarantine period for an individual?
8. How is COVID-19 treated?
9. Should I take chloroquine phosphate, hydroxychloroquine or other medicines to prevent or treat COVID-19?
10. My question was not listed among these FAQs. Where can I go for additional information?