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Health officials remind residents the importance of getting tested

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Adams County Health Officials say they're working to keep the public informed when it comes to COVID-19.

Public Health Administrator Jerrod Welch said rapid testing is an accurate diagnostic tool when it comes to finding out who has a current infection.

"That's really what we're interested in right now as a response and being able to keep the disease prevented. It's nice to know if you've had an infection in the last month or two," he said. "But really what we need to know, so you're not spreading it, is do you have it right now," Welch said.

Chris Solaro is the Chief of Medicine at Blessing Health System. He said the rapid tests have many pros but have cons as well.

"The downside to those tests is sometimes you can get a false negative. Especially if you're not having any symptoms," he said. "But, if there's a lot of disease in the community which there has been. Those tests are actually more accurate."

Solaro said a positive is a good indication of a positive. But a negative rapid test may need to be repeated.

"For example, somebody has a negative test, an antigen test out in the community, and maybe two negative antigen tests and they're still sick and they come to the hospital, he said. "What we are going to do is do a much more sensitive accurate test to determine if it truly COVID-19, or something else," Solaro said.

Welch said it's best to play it safe.

"Stay home when your sick because any test has its limits."

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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