Test to Treat Program

Through this federal program, people can get tested for COVID-19 and treated with medication all in one place.  It is important to go to one of the many local identified clinics as soon as symptoms appear.  For more information about the program and locations near you, visit the Test to Treat website or call 1-800-232-0233 (Help is avilable in many languages).

Isolation Guidelines

The CDC updated its COVID-19 Isolation guidance in August. 

  • You no longer need to quarantine if you were exposed to COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • Those who test positive should still isolate for at least five days and wear a mask around others for an additional five days. Additional information about ending isolation can be found here.
  • If you were exposed, you should wear a mask around others for 10 days and get tested on day five. Get tested right away if you start to feel sick.
  • It is no longer necessary to test asymptomatic people for COVID-19. Such testing is still recommended in certain high-risk settings (i.e. nursing homes, prisons, homeless shelters).

You can also contact the Health Department at 410-313-6284 for additional guidance regarding your quarantine or isolation.

CDC Graphic: Take action if you are exposed to COVID-19

CDC Graphic: Take action if you test positive for COVID-19

Due to the increase in case volume, Health Department contact tracers are prioritizing high priority patients and may not reach out directly to everyone. All positive cases reported to the State should receive an email from the Maryland Department of Health with contact tracing information. Please complete that request as soon as it is received. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should inform your close contacts of your diagnosis and isolate at home. Follow these steps from the CDC if you are sick with COVID-19.

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What to do if you test positive for COVID-19
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  • Isolate
  • Identify and notify close contacts ASAP, so they can get tested and quarantine.
  • If you live in Howard County, call the Health Department COVID line at 410-313-6284, if not called within 24 hours of receiving lab results.
  • Contact your health care provider for any medical guidance needed and to ask about treatment options.
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Isolation
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If you test positive:

You should isolate for 5 days (longer if symptoms remain) and then wear a mask in public for an additional 5 days, following CDC guidance.

If you are a close contact:

Regardless of vaccination status, quarantine is NO LONGER RECOMMENDED unless you have symptoms. However, you should get tested five days after their exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 10 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.

You can also contact the Health Department at 410-313-6284 for additional guidance regarding your quarantine or isolation.

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Symptoms of infection with COVID-19
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(This virus can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia.)

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of taste/smell

CDC infographic in English or Spanish.

If you have any of the below emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

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If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms above and think you might have COVID, you should:

  • Seek medical care if you are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room and tell them about your positive COVID test or suspected diagnosis.
  • Stay home except for seeking medical care and avoid contact with others.
  • Ask your doctor about Monoclonal Antibody Treatment
  • Ask your doctor about Antiviral Treatment

You can also visit the Test to Treat website for locations of local clinics that can provide testing and treatment (medication) for COVID all in one place.  You can also call 1-800-232-0233.

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Maryland Department of Health Resources for Those Newly Diagnosed with COVID
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Resources for those who tested positive for COVID-19 and have now recovered
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The Maryland Department of Health's COVIDConnect is a website for sharing information, promoting action and finding support.

CDC Information about Post-COVID conditions 

CDC Caring for Post-COVID conditions

 

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