Feeling Sick?

Symptoms of COVID-19


May appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain/body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Next Steps


If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your health care provider for instructions. While not a substitute for professional medical guidance, you can also use a screening tool like the CDC Self-Checker for what next steps to take.

Call 911 and seek immediate medical attention if you show any emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, pain in the chest or bluish lips/face.

Important: As soon as you begin experiencing symptoms, discontinue going out in public and isolate from others in your home as much as possible (see below). If you must be around others, wear a mask, keep at least six feet of distance and complete your task or errand as quickly as possible.


Seek Testing

You may be able to receive a test through your primary care provider. There are also many other options available for testing in and around Clay County, including drive-thru and pop-up test sites. For more information, please visit our Testing page.

Do not go directly to the emergency room or the health department for testing.

Remember, once you have received a test, you must continue to isolate. If not, not only do you risk spreading the disease to others but your results may not be accurate (if you were negative when the test was taken but become infected in the interim).

Isolate If You Are Sick

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

If you are sick with COVID-19, you need to stay home until it’s safe to be around others again. Use the guidance below to determine when you can discontinue isolation.

Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

*A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days, that may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset. Consider consultation with infection control experts. See Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (Interim Guidance).

Persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 who never develop COVID-19 symptoms may discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

For businesses and organizations: Clay County Public Health Center recommends adopting this Symptom-Based Criteria for business return-to-work policies, return-to-school policies, return-to-daycare policies and return to any other community participation policies depending on which scenario best applies to your organization. As the science evolves, so do these recommendations. Routinely review current recommendations to maintain policy alignment. 

Quarantine If You Have Been Exposed


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 and monitor their health.

Learn more quarantine guidance from the CDC here.
Coronavirus Self-Checker
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