News 13's investigative team is working to answer your questions about the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on Western North Carolina.
A viewer who tested positive for COVID-19 and has since completed isolation reached out to the I-Team Coronavirus Help Desk for information about returning to work.
“How often should I be retested? My employer requires a negative test for me to return to work," the viewer asked.
Dr. Teresa Herbert, chief medical officer for AdventHealth Hendersonville, said retesting guidelines have changed as researchers have learned more about COVID-19.
She said a PCR test can remain positive up to three months after infection, but it doesn’t mean the person is still contagious.
The CDC currently advises that retesting in the three months following initial infection is not necessary, unless the person still has COVID-19 symptoms.
“If your workplace is requiring a negative test to return to work, I would have a dialogue with them, have them talk with the local health department and reference the new CDC guidelines that explain what the new recommendations are," Herbert said.
You can submit your questions to email@example.com. News 13's Jennifer Emert, Lauren Brigman and Karen Zatkulak will work to get an answer for you.
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