Whether it's at a Middlesex County Testing site, or with your primary care physician, after you have been tested for COVID-19, you should return home and remain in isolation until you find out the results of your test.
For the Middlesex County Saliva-based COVID-19 diagnostic tests, results are *usually* provided within 3-5 business days. Please note that our office is only administering the tests. Once a specimen is collected, it is sent to one of the approved laboratories, and results get reported back to the Office of Health Services. (This timeframe can vary slightly based on the lab, but their average has been 2-4 days.) The Office of Health Services will then contact you by phone with a positive or negative result. The phone call will likely come from a 732-745-XXXX number. Test results can not be left on voicemail, so you must answer the phone when called and/or promptly return calls to the Office of Health Services after being tested.
As previously stated, the process takes, on average, about 3-5 days, but our office has gone back to being closed on Sundays, and has a reduced schedule of operations on Saturdays, which may impact the length of time it takes for results to be shared.
IF YOU HAD SYMPTOMS AND YOUR TEST COMES BACK NEGATIVE:
If you tested negative for COVID-19 but are currently experiencing symptoms, the recommendation is to stay home and practice social distancing until 24 hours after your fever has ended without the use of fever reducing medications and other symptoms improve. After this time, you may resume regular activities. It is recommended that everyone wears a face covering when in public spaces. This protects you from anyone who may not feel sick (but might be asymptomatic) and able to spread the virus to others. Be sure to wash your hands and clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often. For more information of what to do after testing negative, see the following guidance:
Negative COVID-19 Test: Instructions & Next Steps - English Spanish
IF YOU HAD SYMPTOMS AND YOUR TEST COMES BACK POSITIVE:
Stay at home and self-isolate. This means stay in a separate bedroom, and if possible, use a separate bathroom. If you live with other people who were not tested, you should not eat meals or sit around the house together. Stay at least 6 feet from each other as much as possible. You must self-isolate until 1 full day (or24 hours) has passed since you had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms are greatly improved AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first started, or, if you had no symptoms, stay home 10 days after you received your positive test results:
Positive COVID-19 Test: Instructions & Next Steps - English Spanish
IF YOU DID NOT
HAVE SYMPTOMS AND YOUR TEST COMES BACK NEGATIVE:
who test negative should continue to take preventive measures to protect
yourself and others by washing your hands often, avoid close contact, cover
your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, and cover
coughs and sneezes.
IF YOU DID NOT
HAVE SYMPTOMS AND YOUR TEST COMES BACK POSITIVE:
whose test comes back positive should stay home and away from the public for at
least 10 days from when you were tested. If you were a contact to a
suspected or positive case when you were tested you can be released as soon as
you have completed 10 days from the date of your test even if this is before
your quarantine period is over, as long as you remain symptom-free.
Residents that were asymptomatic at the time of testing should refer to our page for asymptomatic individuals for additional information.