Guidance for Sick Individuals

If you are feeling ill with symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing, headache, or any other associated symptoms, Summit County Public Health recommends the following care:

Mild Symptoms

  • May include a  combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness. Some people may not develop fever or fever may not occur until several days into the illness.
  • Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other cold or flu symptoms. To the greatest extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home, and isolate themselves from other members of their household.
  • If you need medical care, contact your primary care provider and schedule a visit. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19. If you do not have an established health care provider, call the Colorado Helpline at 303-389-1687.

Moderate Symptoms

  • May include cough, fever, shortness of breath.
  • Manage your symptoms at home the same way you manage other cold or flu symptoms. To the greatest extent possible, people with flu-like symptoms should remain at home, and isolate themselves from other members of their household.
  • If you need medical care, contact your primary care provider and schedule a visit. Let them know that you are concerned you might have COVID-19. If you do not have an established health care provider, call the Colorado Helpline at 303-389-1687.

Severe Symptoms

  • May include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, bluish lips or face.
  • Call 911 immediately and tell the dispatcher your symptoms. If you go to a hospital without calling 911, call the hospital ahead of time and tell them your symptoms.

Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or have been exposed to people who are sick. Generally, as long as the site is suitable, a person’s residence is the preferred setting for quarantine and isolation, according to the CDC. For more information on isolation and quarantine, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

When to Isolate?

Persons must Isolate for any of the following reasons:
1. Person has a positive COVID-19 test, or
2. Person has one of the following symptoms AND no alternative more likely diagnosis: fever (>100.4°F) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
3. Person has one of the symptoms listed in item #2 above and has had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

How long must a person Isolate?

A person who meets the exclusion criteria described above must Isolate until:
• Person has no fever for at least 24 hours (without using medicine that reduces fevers).
AND
• Other symptoms have improved.
AND
• At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

When to Quarantine?

Person has had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

How long must a person Quarantine?

A person who has had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days from the last contact. 

Testing for COVID-19

Currently, all persons with symptoms are eligible for testing. Explore the Testing page for options.

Summit County Symptom Tracker

If you have felt ill at any time since March 1, anonymously enter your symptoms to help us track COVID-19 activity in Summit County. To log symptoms or view the data dashboard, visit the Colorado Symptom Tracker & Dashboard.

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