The Chenango County Health Department is offering some advice for the growing number of people using at-home COVID-19 test kits.

The Health Department posted a statement online noting that in the past few weeks there has been an increase in the number of cases identified by the do-it-yourself COVID tests.  They say while the kits are a good, over-the-counter diagnostic tool, residents should make sure they know how to use the tests correctly.

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Officials say residents should follow the instructions carefully. Kits can be different in how they respond to environmental conditions including the timing of food and drink or being stored in a hot place prior to use.

Remember, a positive is a valid positive test result and the individual should immediately begin self-isolation. That includes not going out in public or returning to work.

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Positive results must be reported promptly to the local health department. In Chenango County, results can be emailed to COVID19@co.chenango.ny.us.  Residents can also call the Chenango County Health Department at (607) 316-0604 to report the result.

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