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COVID-19 – General information 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

If you have additional questions, you can call the TRH COVID-19 Hot line (269-273-9801) or your primary care provider’s office.

How to decide if you should be tested or seek care

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19.

Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. They may not need to be tested. If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the hospital’s COVID-19 hot line (269-273-9801) and find out if you meet indication for testing. Most patients have been tested in the hospital campus while still in their vehicles. Patient who have severe symptoms should be brought to the emergency department for immediate evaluation and an attempt should be made to call the hospital prior to arrival, should it not cause any delay in transportation. Remember that calling 911 in indicated in emergent situations.

How to get tested

Decision on need (or possibility) for testing will be made after you are screened by the TRH COVID-19 Hot line (269-273-9801) or by your Primary Care Provider’s office staff.

The CDC has developed a self-assessment that you can take to determine if you need additional testing or treatment. 

What to do after you are tested

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone
  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your specimen was collected and that you could test positive later. Or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.

Community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring in parts of the United States. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. You should continue to practice all the protective measures recommended to keep yourself and others from getting infected.

Household Checklist

As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak.

Stay informed and in touch

  • Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials.
  • Ask your neighbors what their plan includes.
  • Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
  • Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

Prepare for possible illness

  • Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses.
  • Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.

Take everyday preventive steps

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed or for potential changes at your workplace.

Watch for symptoms

  • Stay home and speak to your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms:
    • Fever or
    • Cough or
    • Shortness of breath
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
  • Emergency warning signs include*:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • Keep away from others who are sick.
  • Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).

If someone in your home is sick

  • Continue to practice everyday preventive actions.
  • Keep the ill person in a separate room from others in the household.
  • If caring for a sick household member,  follow recommended precautions and monitor your own health.
  • Keep surfaces disinfected.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • If you become sick, stay in contact with others by phone or email.
  • Stay informed about the local outbreak situation.
  • Notify your work if your schedule needs to change.
  • Take care of the emotional health of your household members, including yourself.

Those at higher risk of severe illness

Take additional precautions for those at higher risk, particularly older adults and those who have severe underlying health conditions.

  • Consider staying at home and away from crowds.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact with others.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.

Children

  • Notify your child’s school if your child becomes sick with COVID-19.
  • Keep track of school dismissals in your community.
  • Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places.

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