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What to do if you are sick

If you feel sick and have reason to believe you have COVID-19 do not go to a clinic or hospital without first calling ahead. Calling first will help the clinic or hospital prepare to greet you and take care of you in the safest possible way. Tell them that you are being monitored by public health for potential exposure to novel coronavirus and need follow up medical care and testing.

If you are sick and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or a health care provider suspects you have COVID-19 and you are waiting on test results, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

DHSS is asking that if you test positive you call your close contacts if you are able, as soon as you are able to do so. The quicker someone knows to isolate or quarantine, the better chances we have as a community to keep the spread of this virus in check. Every day that a case or close contacts may still be out in the community, potentially exposing others, puts everyone at risk. If you know you’ve had exposure, you should self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms as soon as you know you’ve had close contact with an infected individual.

We need everyone’s help with this. Stay apart to stay open!

Who to contact if you are sick

If you're experiencing symptoms and think you may have COVID-19, call your provider or use an online assessment tool like:

2-1-1 cannot provide screening for COVID-19. Only a health care provider can give a person a referral for testing. 2-1-1 is there to answer your general questions about the disease and to assist the community with other needs (school closures, loss of jobs, etc). Again, your health care provider is who you need to call for a testing referral.

About COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

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Resources for people who have or think they have COVID-19