What To Do If You Get COVID-19
Getting Medical Care
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your doctor for advice or schedule a WellSpan Online Urgent Care appointment. (use coupon code COVID19 for a free visit)
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
According to the CDC, other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Call your healthcare provider before leaving home and follow their instructions. Limit walk-in visits if you suspect you have COVID-19.
Tell your doctor's office or emergency room that you have or may have COVID-19 before entering the building. This will help the office protect medical staff and other patients. You may be asked to wear a mask to protect healthcare workers and other patients.
Many people with COVID-19 will be able to self-care at home if symptoms are not severe.
Get care immediately if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency. Dial 9-1-1 in case of emergency. Seek emergency medical care immediately for any of these warning signs:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Should I get tested for COVID-19?
Many patients with mild symptoms do not need to be tested for COVID-19. Please call your physician’s office or consider an online urgent care visit to discuss your symptoms.
Non-Emergency Care COVID-19 Clinics
Patients who have no emergent health needs and are either confirmed or suspected by a healthcare provider to have COVID-19 can visit one of the following dedicated locations for non-emergency treatment of health concerns:
- Adams County: WellSpan Digestive Health, 37 N. Fifth St., Gettysburg. This care location is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Adams County: WellSpan Family Medicine – Cross Keys, 2900 Carlisle St., New Oxford. This care location is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Franklin County: WellSpan Weight Management office, 1624 Orchard Dr., Chambersburg. This care location is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
- Lancaster County: WellSpan Urgent Care, 101 Airport Road, Lititz. This care location is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
- Lebanon County: WellSpan Pediatric Medicine - Tuck Street (treats all patients, not just pediatric), 850 Tuck St., Lebanon. This care location is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- York County: WellSpan Urgent Care, 2149 S. Queen St., York. This care location is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Stay home except to get medical care: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people in your home. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
Limiting Spread of COVID-19
Cover mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
Wash hands: Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a face covering: Wear a cloth face covering or mask if you must come in contact with other people or animals. If you cannot tolerate a face covering, for example due to trouble breathing, cover your coughs and sneezes another way.
Do not share: Do not share dishes, cups/glasses, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher/washing machine.
Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
When to Stop Self-Isolation
Follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and Pa. Department of Health. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your doctor and Pa. Department of Health recommendations.
People with COVID-19 can typically stop home isolation under the following conditions:
If you were symptomatic:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared, AND
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation).
If you were asymptomatic:
If you continue to be symptom free, you can stop self-isolation after 10 days have passed since you had your positive test.
Advice adapted from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.