COVID-19

What to do if you feel sick, tested positive, or are a close contact

The Washington County Health Department has partnered with Public Consulting Group to help assist with disease investigation and contact tracing. You may receive a call from either the health department or Public Consulting Group, calling on behalf of the health department. We appreciate your cooperation at this time.  If you need to return a call, please dial 740-374-2782;3305.

I FEEL SICK…

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • 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 for medical care.

  • Separate yourself from other people as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a mask and try to maintain a 6-foot distance as much as possible.
  • If you do have COVID-19, most people have a mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. It is important that you stay home for 10 days after symptoms appear AND until it has been 24 hours since you have had a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications).

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

  • Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • Be sure to stay in touch with your doctor.
  • Call before you get medical care.
  • If you have trouble breathing or have severe symptoms, call 911.

 AVOID THE FOLLOWING

  • Public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis
  • Do not go to work or school
  • Do not have people over to your house
  • Do not go to any social gatherings

GET TESTED

  • Call your doctor to see if you should get tested
  • Local testing resources
    • Memorial Health System/Physician’s Care Express – 800 Pike Street, Marietta, OH 45750 www.mhsystem.org/COVIDregister 
      • Call 740-373-3960 x 3 to ask about testing. A medical provider’s order is not required.
      • Your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. Programs are available to help people without insurance.
      • Testing is performed by a health professional. 
    • Walgreens Pharmacy – 300 Green Street, Marietta, OH 45750 www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing
      • Visit the website above to see if you qualify for COVID-19 testing • Conditions such as COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to another person confirmed to have COVID-19 may be required to receive a test.
      • Your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. Programs are available to help people without insurance. 
    • QCA Urgent & Wellness Center 416 Front Street, Marietta, OH
    • BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Self-Test (over-the-counter) 
      • Available at pharmacies throughout the region. • Positive tests should be reported to your primary care physician.
    • Statewide Testing Information

I TESTED POSITIVE…

If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should not wait to hear from the health department. Immediately follow the guidelines as described below. 

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor.
  • Avoid public transportation.
  • Separate yourself from other people.
  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room.
  • Tell your close contacts.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Get tested. While waiting for test results, stay away from others.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces every day.

When can you be around others after being sick with COVID-19? Click here to find out when you can safely end home isolation.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK 

IDENTIFY AND NOTIFY YOUR CLOSE CONTACTS

A close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more

Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive.

By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone.

You can contact them by using tellyourcontacts.org

More information can be found on the CDC's website by clicking here.

 I AM A CLOSE CONTACT… 

Anyone who has been identified as a contact to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine for 10-14 days from the date of last contact. If contacts are symptomatic at the end of their quarantine, the quarantine period may have to be extended.

Individuals in quarantine should stay home, separate from others, monitor their health, and follow all instructions from their local health department.

Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they received a negative test result. Should they test positive, they should isolate. 

Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <12 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. 

Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from working following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.

QUARANTINE INSTRUCTIONS

WHAT IF I'M FULLY VACCINATED...

Fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 symptoms:

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19:

Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive. Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children <12 years of age) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.

*Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19-like symptoms and no known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19:

It is recommended that fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19-like symptoms and no known exposure should be exempted from routine screening testing programs, if feasible.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES