COVID19 Symptoms & Testing Information

COVID-19 Symptoms

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  1. Symptoms & Testing
  2. If You Are Sick


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Tight non-productive cough
  • Shortness of breath

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

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face


If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home. 

  • Mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance.
  • Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. 
  • Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.  
  • Please call ahead before seeking medical attention. Healthcare providers need to make preparations to protect other patients and staff before receiving you.