Symptoms, Testing, and Care

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection most commonly include: 

  • fever of 100.4 or higher
  • chills
  • stiff joints and/or muscle ache
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • cough or shortness of breath
  • loss of taste
  • diarrhea (that does not have another cause)

The symptoms of coronavirus may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

How to get tested

Free Testing Every Thursday

Free, drive-up testing will be held at CiCo Park in Manhattan every *Thursday through the end of the year:

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

No appointment is needed and everyone is welcome. Enter CiCo Park from the Kimball/Candlewood driveway and follow the signs to the 4H barns near Pottorf Hall. Participants will get a free, nasal swab PCR test that checks for active virus. Results take an average of 48 - 72 hours and all participants will be contacted. 

*Please note: testing will not be available the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the last week of 2020, testing will be held on Wednesday, December 30 instead of Thursday, December 31.

Questions about free testing? Please call the Riley County Health Department at (785) 776-4779 during regular business hours. 

Call your doctor

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has and is sick with COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Call the Riley County Screening Line

You can also get healthcare advice, including information about how to get tested, by calling the Riley County Screening Line at 785-323-6400. A nurse is available to speak with you Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for this service.

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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:

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.

When is it safe to be around others after being sick with COVID-19?

Deciding when it is safe to be around others is different for different situations. Find out when you can safely end home isolation.