What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
If you recently started having any of the symptoms below, call your doctor to be evaluated for testing or visit a testing location. It can take up to 14 days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 for you to feel symptoms, such as:
- Fever, cough, shortness of breath/trouble breathing
- Chills, night sweats, sore throat, muscle/body aches
- Loss of taste or smell, headache, confusion, vomiting, diarrhea
Who Should Get Tested?
- Anyone experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms above should get tested.
- Anyone, whether or not they have symptoms, who has been exposed to someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19 should get tested right away.
The Public Health Department is also recommending testing for the following groups of people even if they do not have any symptoms:
- Any front line or healthcare worker who regularly interacts with members of the public and cannot maintain social distancing at work should ideally get tested once a month.
- This may include those who work in healthcare, homeless shelters, jails and other custodial settings, food banks, public safety/emergency response, food service, grocery, construction, delivery, janitorial, transit, or social work, among other jobs.
- This does not include those who are able to maintain social distancing while at work, such as essential workers who work in a back office.
- Any person who works in a skilled nursing facility should ideally get tested every two weeks.
* No Doctor or Health Insurance?
- Call 1-888-334-1000 (toll-free) > select your language > then press 9 to hear options and speak with an advice nurse who can help you find care.
- Call (866) 967-4677 (toll-free) to speak with a Financial Counselor to learn about free or low-cost health coverage and insurance programs for you and your family.