Three Rivers Public Health Department: Think you have COVID-19? Take these steps

Three Rivers Public Health Department: Think you have COVID-19? Take these steps
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S.

FREMONT – Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) would like to provide guidance on what to do if you think you have potentially contracted the COVID-19 virus.

Many questions have surfaced and it is important the proper procedures are followed in order to keep our communities as safe as possible. If you think you are sick and need to be tested for COVID-19, there are a few things to consider:

  1. Have you had exposure to COVID-19? This would mean one of the following:
    • You have traveled outside the U.S. to one or more of the CDC travel alert countries, including China, Iran, most of Europe, and South Korea.
    • You have had prolonged unprotected close contact with a symptomatic confirmed COVID-19 patient.
    • You have traveled to an area within the U.S. with known community spread of COVID-19 (this is a constant evolving situation).
  1. If you have had exposure, are you experiencing symptoms? COVID-19 symptoms include:
    • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Shortness of breath
    • Cough

If the answer is yes to both of the above-mentioned questions about symptoms and exposure, please contact your primary care doctor by phone and explain in detail your symptoms, along with the type of exposure you have had – whether its travel exposure or exposure to a current COVID-19 patient. You can then have your primary care doctor call the local health department to determine if testing is needed. 

“Three Rivers Public Health Department is working very hard to provide the best information available. Please check our website and social media for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19,” said Terra Uhing, Executive Director.

Do not go to your primary care provider without calling first. The above outlined procedure is in the best interest of all community members. This will help ensure everyone’s safety, and avoid overloading our healthcare system.

Additionally, 3RPHD does not provide testing at the health department.

For general information regarding COVID-19, please call 2-1-1.