How long will I continue to test positive?

Posted by zrkat21 @zrkat21, Feb 6 12:09pm

Tested positive first on 1/5/21, got tested again and positive on 1/21.. .now getting tested this coming Thursday.. .2/11. 37 days from original positive. Need a negative test to go back to work. Contagious or not. Mild symptoms still exist. TIA!

@zrkat21 Welcome to MayoClinicConnect. We’re all volunteers on this site, sharing information and what works and what doesn’t. I’m hoping that @merpreb or @sueinmn will come along and help with your question.
You’re going to be tested for the 3rd time On Feb 11, correct? Did you actually have the virus or were you just exposed? Does your work place have any specific requirements regarding testing and returning to work?
You might also check the website for the public health department in your town. I did put the link here for the CDC.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html

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I actually have COVID. Tested positive first time 1/5. Will I still test positive on 2/11? My work's COVID plan requires a negative to return.

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You may continue to test positive for some time after your first positive test. According to the CDC, this does not mean you are infectious. Here is a link to the CDC Guidelines for ending isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html
You may want to share them with your employer.
Sue

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Yes.. .I understand the contagious part. It is an office setting my employer doesn't care about anything but a negative. So how long to test negative after testing positive for COVID 19,

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I tested positive on January 7, 2021 and was told I was save to go out on Jan.25th unless I still had a fever. On Friday Feb 5th I was in the ER for a possible heart attack was rapid tested and it was negative. So just under 4 weeks.

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