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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated 8/25/2020

How can the community help?

The community can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by following recommendations from the CDC and local government officials. Practice physical distancing

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How can area employers help?

LRH's Occupational Health Department remains available to support businesses in our community. If you would like to discuss COVID-19 testing for your staff, please call us at 603-444-9294.

Our Occupational Health Department remains available for DOT-OSHA exams, Drug & Alcohol testing, pre-employment examinations, and injury treatment services.

Is there a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19?

While several drug trials are ongoing, there are currently no drugs approved for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.

Can I be tested?

Anyone with a medical provider's order can receive testing. Call 603-575-6000 to schedule a virtual visit with LRH's Emergency Department. Those seeking testing can also receive testing by visiting one of the drive up testing locations in partnership with ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care which do not require prior authorization from a medical provider. Most insurance providers will cover the cost of the test. Uninsured New Hampshire patients may be eligible for the NHEasy Testing program.

What is a COVID-19 Antibody Test?

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What is a COVID-19 Active Infection Test?

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What is a PCR test?

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing remains the primary COVID-19 diagnostic testing method in the United States. This is the same type of test that was used to detect severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) when it first appeared in 2002.

Should I receive testing?

If you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, you should be tested for COVID-19. If you are returning from travel or are required to receive testing for your job or education, testing is also available to you.

How much does testing cost?

Most health insurance providers will cover the cost of testing for symptomatic patients, but we encourage you to contact your health insurance to determine whether or not your specific plan will cover the cost of testing. Uninsured NH patients may be eligible for the NH Easy Testing Program. Please provide your insurance information at the time of testing and/or when making arrangements for testing.

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