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COVID-19 Employee Screening & Testing

Note: COVID-19 testing appointments are coordinated through WakeMed MyChart.

If you do not have a MyChart account, create one now by calling 919-350-2288 or email mychart@wakemed.org.

This will help you access testing faster if you need it.

Common COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever greater than or equal to 100
  • Chills
  • Cough (not allergy-related)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat (not allergy-related)
  • Loss of taste or smell

For a full list, click here.

What if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have any symptoms, go/stay home and notify your manager (follow departmental call-out procedures).

Arrange for screening and/or testing by logging into MyChart:

Appointments > Schedule an Appointment > COVID-19 Testing

Answer the questions and select the appointment date/time that is convenient.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

  • Immediately notify Occupational Health at COVIDReturntowork@wakemed.org. Occupational Health will provide additional instructions.
  • If you have had any symptoms, the current guidance is that you need to be:
    • at least 10 days since symptom onset, AND
    • at least 24 hours after your last fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND
    • at least 24 hours after improvement in respiratory symptoms
  • If you did not have symptoms at the time of your positive test and if you have not developed symptoms, you need stay home at least 10 days since the date of your positive test.
  • Please follow the recommendations below for those who have a positive COVID-19 test.
  • When you are ready to return to work, email COVIDReturntowork@wakemed.org and they will send you approval to return. If you will be returning to work on a weekend, please email Occupational Health on Friday morning to ensure you get clearance. Employee Health and PCP's do not provide return-to-work notes or determine when you may return to work at WakeMed.

What if my test is negative but I still feel unwell?

Please see the Communicable Disease Guidance policy and follow work restrictions as indicated to prevent the spread of illness.

When your symptoms improve, you have the responsibility to contact your Management Team to return to work. No return to work note is needed. You do not need to contact Occupational Health. You must be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to work.

Please continue to practice community-based restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Recommendations for Those with a Positive COVID-19 Test:

  • Please remain in isolation away from the public. Please also try to self-isolate from family members in your home or wear a mask and keep six feet away whenever possible. See additional information about home isolation.
  • Caregivers and other close contacts* can be evaluated for possible COVID-19. Please have them call 919-350-5200 if testing is desired. Caregivers and other close contacts should quarantine from the public and may need to remain in quarantine for 14 days after the end of your own self-isolation period. See additional information about quarantine.
  • At this time, most patients who test positive for COVID-19 should not be retested unless they develop new symptoms or new exposures. If you complete the initial isolation period for COVID-19 and then test positive again you must resume home isolation, and your household should remain in quarantine, until advised otherwise by the health department.
  • The state health department will be notified of your results and may reach out to you with additional instructions and to discuss tracing your contacts since the time you developed symptoms. They will reach out to you. You do not need to call them.
  • If you develop any worsening of your respiratory symptoms that you feel needs medical evaluation, please use our WakeMed Virtual Urgent Care (on the WakeMed App) to connect with a provider virtually or contact your primary care provider's office by phone or through MyChart for further instructions.
  • For a significant change in symptoms and/or severe symptoms, please call EMS for transport to the Emergency Department of your choice for evaluation and emergent treatment. Please notify the EMS dispatch when you call or the hospital prior to coming into the ED by personal vehicle that you have tested positive for COVID-19. This will ensure they are ready for you with all necessary equipment to keep you and others safe.
  • If you have any other concerns about your positive test result, please contact your PCP.

* Close Contact: defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated without use of appropriate medical-grade personal protective equipment.