What to Do If You Tested Positive for COVID-19

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If you tested positive for COVID-19, follow these guidelines to help prevent further spread of the virus:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
    • Avoid all public places.
    • Call ahead if you need medical care.
  • Separate yourself from others, even in your own home
    • Stay in a specific room in your home
      • You should identify and notify your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Direct contacts to health.nd.gov/closecontact for more information.
    • If you must be around other people or animals, wear a mask.
    • Calculate the estimated end date of your isolation at heath.nd.gov/covidcalculator.
  • Monitor your symptoms
    • Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, chills, and cough.
    • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider.
  • Follow general cleaning guidance
    • Clean and disinfect
    • Do not share
    • Wash you hands often.
    • Cover you coughs and sneezes.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate living settings, and healthcare workers

Seek outpatient therapies that prevent serious illness/death if you are a high-risk patient, including:

  • Individuals age 65 and older
  • Individuals age 55 and older with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Individuals age 12 and older with body mass index (BMI) >35 (moderate obesity), chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or immunosuppressed
  • Individuals age 12-17 with obesity/overweight, sickle cell disease, heart disease, g-tube/tracheostomy or other technologic dependence, asthma or other chronic lung disease requiring daily controller medication

If you think you may meet one of these criteria for being a high-risk patient, please contact your healthcare provider’s office for more information and a possible referral to a COVID-19 outpatient infusion center near you. If you received antibody therapy for COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days to avoid interference of the treatment with vaccine-induced immune responses. If you have any additional questions, concerns, and/or need further assistance gaining access to these therapies, please call the NDHHS COVID hotline at (866) 207-2880.

Remember: some of these medications have the best effect if given shortly after your diagnosis, before you have symptoms and/or require hospitalization, therefore please make this call immediately after receiving your positive test result.

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Covid-19 isolation flow chart