Take steps if you test positive for COVID-19

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustration shows the outer structure of a coronavirus, which gives it its name. A novel coronavirus such as this, SARS-CoV-19, is responsible for COVID-19.


After being informed of a positive  COVID-19 test, there are several steps to take to stay safe and keep others safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend:

• Stay home from work and school. And stay away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ride sharing or taxis.

• Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Get rest and stay hydrated.

• If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.

• For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.

• Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

• As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also you should use a separate bathroom if available. If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a mask.

• Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels and bedding.

• Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.

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