Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - COVID-19 testing in Sitka and around the region continue to rise and, to date, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has performed 395 tests in the borough.
As of Monday, May 4, the City and Borough of Sitka still has just one confirmed COVID-19 case reported.
According to SEARHC spokesperson Maegan Bosak, patients that meet the symptomatic guidelines will be tested at the alternative test site outside of Mountainside Family Clinic.
"Patients first may be given an influenza test to rule out the most likely outcome," Boesak said. "If negative, cultures will then be taken and delivered to the state lab, or a commercial lab, depending on which has the shortest turnaround time for results. Patients will be sent home to self-isolate as they await test results."
Rapid tests are available in instances requiring timely results for patients meeting the criteria to be designated high-risk.
For more information on COVID-19, including network testing data, news and articles, frequently asked questions, and an automated self-screening tool, visit covid19.searhc.org.
For phone responses to pandemic-related questions, call the SEARHC COVID-19 hotline at 907-966-8799 during regular business hours.