As the pandemic drags on, Durham County residents may be wondering how they are faring compared to the rest of the state in how Covid-19 is being handled. The answer? Fairly well! Read more to learn why.
Understanding the statistics
Durham has consistently had a lower positivity rate than the rest of NC and the country throughout the pandemic. For the past few weeks, the average number of Covid-19 cases has consistently decreased.
This is largely thanks to proactive testing efforts by the county. The county has concentrated on promoting health equity, ensuring minority and other populations at higher risk had – and continue to have – equal access to testing centers and coronavirus education.
The Importance of Testing
Even as the Covid-19 vaccine is becoming more widely available, it’s still important to get tested if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who is infected. Testing is a valuable tool because it allows those who have the virus to be identified so they can be isolated, thus preventing the virus from being spread.
There are several ways to get tested for a current, active infection of Covid-19:
- RT-PCR: A nasal swab or saliva test that detects genetic material from the virus and requires lab processing, with results typically available within 72 hours.
- Rapid PCR: A nasal swab test that detects genetic material from the virus but does not require lab processing, with results generally available within 30 minutes.
- Rapid antigen: A nasal swab test that detects proteins coating the exterior of the virus, with results generally available within 15 minutes.
You can get these tests at local testing centers or clinics, although it’s important to call your desired location to make sure they have the test you want. Not all centers carry every test type.
You should also check to make sure that there are no age-based restrictions at your chosen test center, as some locations cannot accommodate the very young or very old.
Is there a faster way to get results?
Rapid tests are becoming a valuable tool for employers and others who run public event venues as a way of keeping employees and patrons safe from an outbreak. These tests can provide results in as little as 15 minutes, although it’s important to note that these tests have a higher rate of returning false results.
Durham County Covid-19 testing sites
If you need to get tested in Durham county, here are several resources that can help you find a test that meets your needs.
Drip Hydration Can Test You At Home
Contact Drip Hydration today to find out more about our in-home Covid-19 testing services. With as little as 24 hours notice, you can book an appointment online for one of our nurses to come to your house and administer Covid-19 tests to you and your family. We offer RT-PCR, Rapid Accula PCR, rapid antigen, and antibody testing services.
If someone in your household tests positive, our experts can give you the guidance you need to keep everyone safe. We offer progressive group discounts for parties of two or more for our in-home services, and PPO insurance holders may be eligible for partial reimbursement of our services.
Give us a call to learn more about our service or book an appointment using the button below!