After a long Christmas weekend, infectious disease physicians at Intermountain Healthcare prepare for a possible spike in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Experts worry people’s exposure to others could have been longer meaning a greater risk of infection.
Experts remind people that symptoms of COVID-19 and the need for hospitalization don’t normally happen until 1-3 weeks after the initial exposure. Due to the incubation period people who may have been exposed should receive a test 5-7 days after an exposure to ensure accuracy. An infected person can test negative if they receive a test too soon after exposure.
Dr. Todd Vento, an Intermountain Healthcare infectious disease physician, will take part in a news conference to explain what hospitals could see during the next several weeks and what people should do if they believe they could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Dr. Vento will also take questions from the media.
11:00 am, MT, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020
Dr. Todd Vento
Intermountain Healthcare Infectious Disease Physician
Zoom Meeting information provided to media.