Being COVID-19 Positive
Information about what to do after you have tested positive for COVID-19.
- 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.
(This virus can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia.)
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of sense of taste/smell
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.
- CDC: When to Quarantine (Mar. 12, 2021)
- Isolating a Household/Family Member Who Is Sick
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