COVID-19 Testing Information
Eastside Pediatrics is NOT performing COVID tests on asymptomatic patients. If you are asymptomatic but believe you a COVID test, please consult our office. Most insurances will not pay for asymptomatic testing and we can help decide if it is necessary and direct you to the appropriate place for testing.
If you need testing for college or traveling please refer to the Monroe County COVID Testing website.
Eastside Pediatrics performs COVID testing using a PCR test and will be sent to U of R Labs for processing. The results generally take between 3 and 5 days and we will call you with the results as soon as we know them. If you are signed up for the portal, results will also be posted to your portal as soon as the doctor reviews them. If you wish to call to check on the results, please wait until at least 3 days have passed.
While AWAITING the result, you should quarantine, since you may be contagious.
If your test is POSITIVE, you must isolate yourself for 10 days from symptom onset OR 10 days from the date of your positive test (if asymptomatic). If you have symptoms, you must have at least 3 days of improving symptoms and no fever before leaving isolation.
If your test is NEGATIVE, this just means that you do not have infection today. This does not mean that you may not develop symptoms in a few days. Please call if you develop new symptoms or if you develop symptoms after being asymptomatic.
If you have a significant known EXPOSURE, you must quarantine yourself for 14 days from the last time you were around the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Continue to closely monitor symptoms and contact Eastside Pediatrics if symptoms develop. You may have heard about some changes regarding quarantine from the CDC. However, NYS is still following the 14 day quarantine rules at this time.
For further detailed information, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
If you or your child are in school, the NYS guidelines are as follows:
For patients with any possible COVID symptoms, the NYS Department of Health mandated on 9/30/2020 that:
- Patient be evaluated by in office or telemedicine visit.
- Patient must have a negative COVID PCR test if no other diagnosis is made to explain the symptoms patient is experiencing.
- Patient must be fever-free for at least 24 hours off all fever medications and symptoms must be improving before returning to school
- Patient must have a letter from a medical provider stating that:
There is an alternative diagnosis to explain the patient’ symptoms and that COVID is not suspected OR that a COVID test was negative.
Please note that if you/your child tests positive for COVID, new recommendations are coming out requiring a re-evaluation by a health care provider prior to return to gym or sports.
The best way to protect yourself and your child from COVID is to continue to wear a mask, wash hands frequently and practice social distancing.