If you have COVID-19
People with COVID-19 should:
- Isolate for 5 days
- If you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people you encounter.
- If you are severely ill with COVID-19 you should isolate for at least 10 days and consult your doctor before ending isolation.
Other things to do if you have COVID-19:
- Open windows, doors to decrease the concentration of viral particles in the air.
- Go home and self-isolate in a room by yourself.
- Preferably use a restroom not shared by others in your household.
- Drink plenty of water and get rest even if you don’t feel that sick.
- If you experience chest pain or shortness of breath seek medical care immediately.
- If anyone in your house needs to call 9-1-1 for any reason, medical or other, disclose to the dispatcher that someone in the house has tested positive for COVID-19.
Identify the date you started to feel sick, this is your symptom onset date. Go back two days from symptom onset and identify anyone you were within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or more, even if you were wearing a face mask.
- Do not leave your house unless you are going to the hospital.
- Do not go to work or run errands.
- Do not go into public spaces.
- Do not have people over to your house.
Stay home except to get medical care
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
Animals: Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Wear a face covering
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Avoid sharing personal household items
Clean your hands often
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
Monitor your symptoms
Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 9-1-1, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a face covering before emergency medical services arrive.
If you believe you are sick with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or call the Washoe County Health District’s Communicable Disease Line at (775) 328-2427, this number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Health District staff are conducting in-depth risk assessments in order to determine if these persons need to be evaluated by a medical provider or if they need to be self-isolating.