Updated March 26, 2020

If you feel well

If you have no cough or fever, or other signs of respiratory illness, you do not need to seek care or testing for COVID-19.

Even if you feel well, the state is currently under a “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order and people must limit time outside their households unless otherwise necessary. 

Physical distancing is important to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone needs to do their part to protect those most vulnerable to severe illness. This virus is spreading fast in our community. That’s why everyone must follow tried-and-true health recommendations — inside their homes and out.

Stay healthy

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for 20 seconds or more. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.

  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash. Then wash your hands.

  • Get a flu shot.

  • Regularly clean frequently-touched surfaces.

  • Connect with friends and family virtually

  • Cancel all non-essential trips or errands

  • If you must go to work or run an errand, keep 6 foot of space from others, whenever possible.

  • Greet others with a tap of the elbows or feet, instead of shaking hands. 

  • If you begin feeling sick, go home and stay there 

At high risk

Older adults and anyone of any age who has a medical condition such as lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes, is at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Those individuals must take extra care. Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with anyone outside your home.  Whenever possible, enroll friends and neighbors to deliver groceries, meals, medical supplies and medications to your door. 

During a home delivery, ask anyone not in your immediate household to leave items on the doorstep, knock and then step at least 6 feet away.

If you feel ill

Mild symptoms of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, might include cough, low-grade fever (100.4 or more) and body aches.

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. 

If you need to seek care, call your doctor before going to the clinic. Your doctor will give you directions on how to seek medical care.

You can check your risk for COVID-19 to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate care.

Keep illness from spreading

  • Stay home.

  • If you have a cough, low-grade fever or feel ill, stay away from others until your symptoms have been gone for at least 72-hours without any medicine. 

  • Separate yourself from others in your home as much as possible.

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, follow CDC guidelines.

  • Limit touching surfaces and items other people use, such as phones or utensils.

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.

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 have COVID-19 or think you may be ill with the virus, 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 so they can keep working.