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What to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19

Post Date:07/01/2020 12:00 PM


If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. The CDC offers a COVID-19 symptom checker here or at You may also have COVID-19 if you have been in close contact, less than six feet for at least 15 minutes, with someone who is positive. If you think you have been exposed, you should contact your healthcare provider. You  may also consider being tested for COVID-19.

With or without a positive test result, you should self-isolate for 14 days. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you have symptoms, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest, and use over the counter medications for symptoms. You should avoid other persons in your home, continue to wash your hand often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and clean and disinfect all high touch surfaces daily.

You should seek emergency medical attention if you are having trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

Testing options are available at

Mental Health

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people of all ages. Fear and anxiety about the unknown can sometimes feel overwhelming to adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call Bay County's Crisis line at (850) 522-4485. 


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