Feeling Sick?

*Call 911 and seek immediate medical attention if you show any emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, pain/pressure in the chest, inability to stay awake, new confusion or bluish lips/face.*



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
COVID-19 has similarities to influenza (flu) - learn more about similarities and differences here. You can also visit clayhealth.com/flu.

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.

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 meantime).

Update 11/20: Due to the increase of positive COVID-19 cases in Clay County, case follow-up and contact tracing has reached a 7-day delay. As case counts continue to increase, further delays are anticipated. Surrounding metro counties are experiencing significantly longer delays in case and contact tracing and are now unable to contact all cases/contacts.

If you receive a positive test result, you may be contacted for contact tracing but it is not guaranteed at this time. Please see below for instructions regarding isolation for those with positive results and quarantine for those who have been a close contact.


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 stop isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days* have passed since symptoms began and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since having no 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 test for COVID-19.

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.

Update 12.3.20: On Dec. 2, CDC announced new options for reducing the length of quarantine. These options are for people identified as close contacts of someone with COVID-19 and who do not show symptoms. Clay County Public Health Center is currently taking these options under consideration and will release updated local guidance as soon as it's available. 

Until that time, please continue to use current guidance - a quarantine period of 14 days - until notified otherwise. This guidance, as stated on their website, continues to be endorsed by CDC.


Coronavirus Self-Checker
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While Waiting for Results

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What Your Test Results Mean

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