COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2. Most people who get COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some can get very ill. Stay informed and learn the latest about this disease.
COVID-19 Diagnosis & Testing
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 symptoms include but are not limited to:
- New onset or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of taste or smell
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
Stay home except for medical appointments. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. This means that you should restrict activities outside your home, except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas, and you should avoid public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis while sick.
If you have a medical appointment, call your healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or that you may have COVID-19. This will help your healthcare provider’s office to take steps to take precautions to keep other people from being exposed or getting sick.
When should I see a doctor for COVID-19?
If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms and have possibly been exposed to the virus, you should contact your healthcare provider. Before your appointment, call ahead to let your provider know if you’ve recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and which symptoms you have developed.
How do I get tested for COVID-19?
We encourage people who suspect they may have COVID-19 to do one of the following:
- get tested at one of the free community testing sites across the state
- call their primary care provider (walk-in testing is not available at our primary care offices)
We want to ensure our local emergency departments have the resources to care for the sickest patients. Please do not visit an ER to get tested.
What should I do if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Stay home except for medical appointments. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. This means that you should restrict activities outside your home, except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas, and you should avoid public transportation, ride sharing or taxis while sick.
Stay away from others as much as possible, including in your home. Try to stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home.
Avoid sharing personal household items, and wash items thoroughly after use with soap and water.
Latest on COVID-19 Vaccine
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