What to do if You're Sick or Exposed to COVID-19

UPDATED 3/16/22

  1. What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Anyone who develops symptoms should avoid others and get tested (PCR or rapid antigen). If positive, follow isolation guidance. If negative, stay home until symptoms resolve. If symptoms worsen or change, follow up with your medical provider and consider getting another COVID-19 test

Symptoms of COVID-19 include (new/different/worse from baseline of chronic illness): temperature 100.4+ or signs of fever (chills/sweating), sore throat, new onset of cough, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, new onset of headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches.

  1. What to do if you test positive for COVID-19 (isolation guidance)
  1. what to do if you are exposed to someone with covid-19

Important notes

  • See this guidance as a printable PDF here: English, Spanish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, French 
  • These are guidelines for the general population. Certain settings like schools, congregate settings, and health care facilities may have additional guidance. Please see our updated school and childcare/preschool guidance.
  • Recommendations regarding isolation and quarantine may change as conditions evolve – such changes could include the presence of a new variant that increases the risk to the public, or an increased number of cases that strains the healthcare system. These are the isolation/quarantine guidelines for a post-surge recovery phase.
  • When we say "wear a mask" throughout this page, we mean a surgical, KN95, or N95 mask (not a cloth mask)!
  • Did you test positive for COVID-19 using an at-home test? We are not collecting data on positive at-home tests. You do not need to report positive at-home tests to the health department. We will not issue letters for employers/schools/travel for at-home test results. If you will need proof of your positive test for work, school, or travel, please get a COVID-19 test from a provider. 
  • If you have additional questions not addressed on this page, please email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and leave a message.

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