If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are awaiting test results because of known exposure to someone with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, or your doctor has indicated you have COVID-19, you need to stay home and isolate. Home isolation works best if you are able to stay in a bedroom or other room away from common living areas shared by other members of the home. You should NOT leave the home except to seek necessary medical care. Watch your symptoms closely and call your doctor or seek medical care if they start to worsen or you begin to have difficulty breathing. You should stay home for at least 10 days from the time you first developed symptoms AND at least 24 hours should have passed since the last fever you had went away. If you have severe illness, you may need to isolate longer as you may be infectious to others longer.

If you have a positive lab test for COVID-19 or if a healthcare provider diagnosis you with COVID-19, the lab and/or healthcare provider must report this to the local health department within 24 hours. A member of our communicable disease team will attempt to contact you within 48 hours of receiving the report of your illness. The team member will ask you about your symptoms, see if there is anything you need to help you isolate at home, provide guidance for how to protect your loved ones, and ask about any known exposure you had to COVID-19. The team member will also ask you about other individuals who may be at increased risk of exposure due to close physical contact or proximity to you during your infectious period. Sharing this information helps to break the transmission cycle and helps to notify individuals who are increased risk for severe illness if they are exposed.

If you are contacted by a member of the Union County Health Department’s disease team and have any questions, please call our main line at (937) 642-2053.