Symptoms, Testing, and Care
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection most commonly include:
- fever of 100.4 or higher
- stiff joints and/or muscle ache
- sore throat
- cough or shortness of breath
- loss of taste
- diarrhea (that does not have another cause)
Patients with at least two symptoms may be eligible for testing. The symptoms of coronavirus may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
How to get tested
Call your doctor
If you have recently traveled to an area experiencing widespread disease transmission, or have been in close contact with someone who has and is sick with COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider.
Call the Riley County Screening Line
If you are having symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call our screening call center at 785-323-6400.
Preventing the spread of disease in communities fact sheet (pdf) provides basic information about different public health interventions to control and limit the spread of disease in the community.
What to do if you are sick
- Read advice from the CDC HERE
- If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
- Keep track of your symptoms.
- If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately. CALL 911 IF YOU ARE HAVING A HEALTH EMERGENCY.
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people
- Monitor your symptoms
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
When to quarantine:
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Quarantine for 14 days if:
- You have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
- You are waiting for test results
- You have cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- You have recently traveled from somewhere where there are a lot of positive cases
When to isolate:
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).
If you test positive, you are REQUIRED to isolate:
- Read advice from the CDC HERE
- Stay home until it is safe to be around others.
- If you live with others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Read important information about caring for yourself or someone else who is sick, including when it’s safe to end home isolation.
Anyone who violates the order to isolate, and leaves their home except to seek medical care, is in violation of the law and committing a Class C misdemeanor. The Local Health Officer has the power to issue an order and/or a citation.