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Use the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions on when to seek medical care.
COVID Positive? Now What?
How to inform your close contacts they were exposed to COVID-19.
Updated CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
Testing for Covid-19
If you need tested, call your family doctor, local pharmacy, or urgent care for information and to schedule a test. If you are having difficulty finding a testing location, need special accommodations, or have additional questions, please call our office at 402-826-3880.
What are the common symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Muscle or body aches
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea)
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Seperate yourself from others inside your home.
- Isolate at home while you are awaiting your Covid-19 test results.
For more information on Covid-19 symptoms and testing click here.
I tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do now?
If you have received a confirmed laboratory COVID-19 test, you should isolate at home and away from others in your household until:
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
For more information on isolation click here.
I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms. Do I still need to isolate?
Yes, people who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for COVID-19 still need to isolate for ten days from the date of their positive test.
I have been exposed (close contact) to someone with Covid-19. Should I quarantine?
Unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 should quarantine at home. Quarantine may discontinue without testing under the following conditions:
- at least ten (10) days have passed since the quarantined individuals last close contact exposure AND
- has had no symptom development AND
- continues to self-monitor daily for symptom development through day fourteen (14) since last close contact exposure AND
- wears a facial covering through day fourteen (14) since last close contact exposure.
Quarantine may also discontinue with testing under the following conditions:
- at least seven (7) days have passed since the quarantine individuals last close contact exposure AND
- has had no symptom development AND
- results of a diagnostic specimen test (molecular or antigen) is negative, AND the speciman was collected no earlier than five (5) days since the quarantined individuals last close contact exposure AND
- continues to self-monitor daily for symptom development and wear a facial covering through day fourteen (14) since last close contact exposure.
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
For more information on quarantine and close contacts, click here.
For additional information on frequently asked COVID-19 questions, visit the CDC website.