We are entering a new phase in living with COVID-19.
The disease has evolved with variants that are more transmissible, but, ultimately, less severe, especially for the vaccinated. In addition to vaccines, there are now clinical treatments for COVID-19 that would have been unimaginable at the start of the pandemic.
Tribal leadership has always been clear about their goals in managing the pandemic: protect the vulnerable and do everything possible to prevent severe illness and death. Over the last two years, they have done just that while also balancing the community’s social, financial, and other health related needs.
Individual choices play an important role in the transmissibility and severity of COVID-19. Getting the vaccine remains the most essential tool. Even in new, more transmissible variants, the vaccine has proven to be excellent at fighting off the most serious effects.
All information posted on COVID-19, the vaccine, and guidelines has been reviewed by members of PGST’s EOC team, which includes Tribal and Health Center leadership.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms can include fever (100.5 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C), dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, congestion, nausea, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell. Not all cases of COVID-19 include a fever. Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure.
People testing positive for COVID are most likely to spread the virus up to three days before and after any symptoms. Asymptomatic individuals are also able to transmit the virus. Health professionals continue to recommend taking personal precautions like masking—especially in public—and social distancing.
If I have symptoms of COVID-19, how do I get tested?
The Health Center will test any community member, employee, or member of an immediate household. There is a daily, weekday drive-up testing center from 9 am to 3 pm at the Health Center.
In addition, you can call the Health Center to set up an appointment. The Health Center uses rapid response tests that can return results in little as 15 minutes. Positive results are confirmed using a PCR lab test.
What is the treatment for COVID-19?
At-home treatments are essentially what would be recommended for the flu: rest, fluids, and over-the counter medications to relieve symptoms related to congestion, fever, and body aches.
In addition, as doctors and scientists have learned more about COVID, more clinical treatments have improved. Many of these are available at the Health Center. Please call them to learn more.
If you are having any concerning symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention immediately.
I’ve tested positive for COVID or am a close contact. Now what?
Follow any instructions you have received by your medical provider or from the testing site. Anyone testing positive from a PGST testing site will receive a letter with recommendations and guidance. Please comply with PGST’s COVID Guidelines, including those addressing isolation and quarantine.