Updated July 29, 2020

If you feel well

If you have no cough or fever, or other symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to seek care. If you have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, ask your health care provider if you should be tested.

If you feel sick


May appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Older adults and anyone who has an ongoing medical condition such as lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, is at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Black, indigenous and people of color may experience additional risk due to the impact of systemic racism. 

If you start to feel sick — especially with a fever and cough — stay home and do the things you normally do to feel better: sleep, rest, drink plenty of fluids. There is no specific medicine for COVID-19. 

Check your risk for COVID-19 to help you decide if you should seek care.

If you do seek care, call your doctor before going to the clinic. They will tell you next steps. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211. They can help you find a clinic even if you don't have insurance. You can also call the Health Department's Primary Care Clinics at 503-988-5558 to enroll as a new patient.

When to get help

Seek immediate medical help if you have any warning signs such as:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or belly
  • Unable to drink or keep liquids down
  • New confusion or inability to wake up
  • Bluish lips or face 

If you think you have COVID-19, do not take public transit. If you need urgent care, get a ride from someone in your household. If your symptoms are life threatening call 9-1-1.

The paramedics who help you may wear extra masks and coverings to keep themselves healthy.

Keep illness from spreading

  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • If you have a cough, low-grade fever or feel sick, stay away from others until your symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours without any medicine.
  • If you think or know you had COVID-19, stay home until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without any medicine.
  • Separate yourself from others in your home as much as possible.
  • Wear a cloth face covering if you must be within 6 feet of others in your home.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, follow CDC guidelines.
  • Limit touching surfaces and items other people use, such as phones or utensils.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home, away from other people, for two weeks after the last time you were exposed.

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 stay home, away from other people, for 2 weeks after the last time you were exposed.

If you are in a high-risk group follow the instructions above and stay in close contact with your health care provider by phone or online. Your provider can help you decide if you need to be seen.

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