What should I do if I develop symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath?

  • You should contact your primary care provider to schedule a video visit or determine the next best step in evaluation. If you are stable and able to stay home, it is best to stay at home and isolate yourself while you await your video visit with your doctor.  If your doctor feels you are stable, you should monitor your symptoms and if possible, isolate yourself in a separate bedroom and bathroom than your family.  If you meet the criteria for testing for COVID-19, your physician will give you instructions on how you can be tested.

What should I do if my symptoms get worse after my video visit?

  • We recommend contacting your doctor to see about making an appointment at our Respiratory Assessment Center to be further evaluated. If possible, avoid going straight to the Emergency Room (ER) for evaluation.  If your doctor wants to evaluate you further, a physician will be available to see you and decide if you need additional testing, x-rays, or possible admission to the hospital.

What should I do if I have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case?

  • First, what is considered close contact?
    • Close contact is defined as being within 6 fear of a person with COVID-19 for an extended period of time, without any kind of personal protection (meaning mask or gloves). This can be visiting or sitting with someone that has tested positive, having unprotected direct contact with secretions, either being coughed on or touching used tissues with your bare hands.
  • Second, are you having symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
    • If NOT:
      • You should monitor yourself for fever twice a day and for the development of cough or shortness of breath for 14 days.
      • There is no need to isolate yourself from your family but you should practice:
        • Washing your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds
        • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
        • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
        • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as countertops, doorknobs, handrails, telephones, etc.
        • Practice social distancing by avoiding large gatherings and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others
        • Do not eat or drink after your household members
      • If YES:
        • Contact your physician and if you are not working from home, contact your supervisor and stay home.
        • Follow the CDC recommended steps and stay home until:
          • You are fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
          • Your respiratory symptoms are better
          • And at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms began
        • When at home, isolate from your household contacts:
          • Stay in a separate bedroom, and use a dedicated bathroom, if possible
          • Do not share dishes, utensils, towels, bedding, etc.
          • Clean high touch surfaces daily
          • Wear a facemask if exposure to others in your household
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