Signs & SymptomsPeople with COVID-19 experience a wide range of symptoms, from mild fatigue to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People experiencing the following symptoms may have COVID-19 and should consult a medical provider:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please consult your medical provider if you experience any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
How does testing prevent the spread of illness?Testing allows people who have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19 to know if they have the virus. If someone does have the virus, they are able to spread it to other people. By getting tested and following healthcare guidance to isolate and quarantine, you are breaking the transmission cycle of COVID-19 to other people.
Should I get tested?Testing ensures disease transmission can be tracked and interrupted and is very important for our community’s health. Okanogan County Public Health also recommends anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 get tested. We recommend testing for people who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or was exposed to an outbreak situation. For Healthcare Providers see NCW Regional Testing Guidelines
Where to get tested:
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead to let your provider know you need to be tested for COVID-19 and if you think you might have been exposed. They may have special instructions to prevent exposing others to COVID-19 at their location. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, you can contact one of the healthcare clinics listed below:
What if I don’t have insurance?
If you are uninsured or underinsured, Family Health Centers clinics, Three Rivers Hospital, and North Valley Hospital will provide COVID-19 testing and care free of charge.
What happens after I get tested?
If you were exposed to COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms: stay home for 14 days from the date you were exposed. Be sure to watch for symptoms, they can appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you have COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms:stay in isolation until three days after your fever is gone without using medicine AND your other symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath) AND at least 10 days after your symptoms first started.
What should I do if I have COVID-19?
If you are ill with COVID-like symptoms, stay home. If you have not already been tested for COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider to arrange to be tested. If you are unsure of how to care for yourself or are concerned about your condition, call your healthcare provider for advice. If you feel you need to visit your doctor, call them first to schedule an appointment.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. However, some people have severe illness that leads to hospitalization, ventilation, or even death. Certain people are at higher risk of experiencing severe illness than others, including people who are older, people with underlying health conditions, those who are immune-compromised, and pregnant women. However, many people under the age of 60 who are otherwise healthy have experienced severe illness or death. While it is less common, being young does not make you immune to COVID-19 or the severe illness that can result.
If you are sick and have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or think you might have COVID-19 because you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, follow the steps described in the links below. Your actions will help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
- What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, Washington State Department of Health
- What to do if you are sick, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- 10 Things you can do to manage your COVID-19 Symptoms at home, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What to do if you were exposed to COVID-19
If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the steps below to monitor your health and avoid spreading the disease to others.
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, Washington State Dept. of Health
Caring for Someone Sick at Home
If you are caring for someone with COVID-19 at home or in a non-healthcare setting, follow the advice below to protect yourself and others.