Interim, Inc. is dedicated to maintaining Covid-19 mitigation protocols and testing our staff and clients for the safety and benefit of everyone in the community. Through surveillance testing, Interim has been able to do our share in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Test for COVID-19 often because:
- Testing Saves Lives
Testing people regularly allows those who have no symptoms, but are still carrying the virus, and those who have symptoms, to get medical attention early and reduce the risk of serious side effects from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It allows people who test positive to isolate themselves and protect those people in their community who are the most vulnerable. By taking the responsible step of testing regularly, you are contributing to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the health toll that it could take on our communities most vulnerable individuals.
- Testing is Quick and Easy
Testing takes two forms currently: PCR testing and Antigen testing. PCR testing can be done in various ways, but Interim does its PCR testing by having the individual self-administer a nose swab and then sending it to a lab to be analyzed for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Results arrive anywhere from 24 hours to 3 days. Although this type of testing is more accurate, it does take longer to receive the results. Antigen testing, or rapid testing as it is commonly referred to, is done with an at home kit. These kits require swabbing the nasal passage and then mixing that swab with a solution. This solution is then dropped onto the test cartridge and the individual is instructed to wait fifteen minutes for results. Both ways of testing are effective for identifying the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
If you have symptoms, a rapid test is recommended so that you can immediately quarantine and reduce spreading the virus. If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then quarantining and taking a PCR test is recommended for reducing the spread and early detection.
For testing locations in Monterey County, please visit the Monterey County Health Department.