Updated October 13, 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 close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, ask your health care provider if you should be tested. See: If you have been around someone with COVID-19>>

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 — call your doctor about getting tested. 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. See more about COVID-19 Testing>>

Another option is to Use the Coronavirus Checker 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.

Unless your doctor asks you to get a test or come in for an appointment, stay home and do the things you normally do to feel better: sleep, rest, drink plenty of fluids. What to do if you feel sick.

When to get immediate help

Seek immediate medical care 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.

Keep illness from spreading

If you are sick with COVID-19, you should stay home and isolate yourself from others in your home.

More Information

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