Now that school is back in session, COVID cases are seeing a spike in Las Vegas. Although the numbers go up and down, the seven-day average of new cases is at 547, with 688 this month in the Clark County School District. If you or your child has been exposed, you should get COVID testing as soon as possible. Body and Mind Health Partners provides COVID testing for Las Vegas-area residents.
COVID Testing with Same-Day Results
Prompt COVID testing and results are important to help prevent the spread of this dangerous virus. At our family medicine practice, we provide COVID testing with same-day results. It is important to find out your status as quickly as possible so that you can self-isolate if you get a positive result.
Testing is covered 100% by insurance for patients who have had a known exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID or who are suffering symptoms, including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, loss of smell, fatigue, body aches, congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Those without insurance can get COVID testing for free.
CCSD Rules for COVID Prevention
In the Clark County School District, teachers and staff who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 must submit weekly to COVID testing and provide proof of their negative status. All students and staff must also wear masks covering both their nose and mouth in school and on school buses to help prevent disease transmission.
If you have not received both doses of the COVID vaccine, you can get your vaccination here at Body and Mind Health Partners. Flu season has arrived as well, and our integrative medicine clinic also offers flu shots and flu testing. Because the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of the flu, we may recommend you get tested for both viruses if you feel sick.
Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy
Those who faithfully quarantined and wore masks during the pandemic may have noticed that they did not get any illnesses during this time — no colds, no flu, no cough, no runny nose, no sore throat. That’s due to several factors.
First, many people avoided socializing indoors with others as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not having contact with others helps prevent disease prevention. Second, covering your nose and mouth with a mask while doing essential errands such as grocery shopping helps cut down on the chances that you may inhale a virus or bacteria. And lastly, many of us have been washing our hands more often and avoiding touching our faces — two important behaviors that help keep you from getting sick.
Until the vaccination rates are higher and the delta variant becomes less of a threat, the doctors at our wellness center urge Las Vegas-area residents to continue masking indoors, only socialize indoors with masks off with vaccinated people and continue to wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
For more information about avoiding contracting COVID, getting COVID testing or COVID vaccines, contact our medical office.