What to do if you test positive for COVID-19
  • 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.
Symptoms of infection with COVID-19

(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.


There is no specific treatment available for COVID-19. However, if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms above and think you might have the coronavirus, you should:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room and tell them about your recent travel or contact and your symptoms.
  • Stay home except for seeking medical care and avoid contact with others.
  • Ask your doctor about Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

If you are sick at home.

  • Have an adequate supply of nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, which could include pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluid with electrolytes and vitamins
  • Check your regular prescription drugs to make sure you have an adequate supply; refill your prescriptions if needed
  • Have a thermometer, tissues and hand sanitizer
  • Have a two-week supply of food available at home

CDC Interim Guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Home

CDC Guidelines for ending home isolation/quarantine


Resources for those who tested positive for COVID-19 and have now recovered

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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