Public Health Recommendations
I think I have been exposed to COVID-19 -- what should I do?
If you tested positive for COVID-19 or if you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should stay away from others (isolate yourself). If you have a high risk medical condition or need medical advice, call a health care provider or nurse line. It is important to CALL ahead BEFORE going to see a health care provider, urgent care, or emergency room in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Tell them your symptoms and where or how you might have been exposed.
If you don’t have symptoms but know you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath), you should quarantine yourself.
If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Tell the dispatcher your symptoms.
What happens if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?
Currently, if you have a positive test result for COVID-19, public health will contact you to collect information about your exposures and give you more information about preventing transmission to others.
If you or someone in your home has symptoms of or has a known exposure to the Coronavirus, please call public health for specific recommendations: (970) 878-9520 Meeker or (970) 878-9525 Rangely. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, and include: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath. Some may not experience symptoms at all, which is why the quarantine process is so important for those with known exposure.
Guidance for What to Do If You Are Sick With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
For people with mild symptoms:
Early on, symptoms may feel like a common cold, including a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue, and chest tightness. People who are not at high risk of severe illness may not need to be evaluated in-person or tested for COVID-19. Not everyone with symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 will be tested right away. If you have mild symptoms including a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or suspect that you were exposed but are not able to be immediately tested, please stay home and avoid contact with others. Isolate yourself until:
You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that’s 3 days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
AND other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
AND At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. Use over-the-counter medication to treat mild symptoms.
There is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19. The 911 system is not intended for minor injuries or general medical questions. Do not call 911 if you are seeking general medical advice or wish to be tested for COVID-19.
For people with more serious symptoms, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath:
Continue to self-isolate. Call your health care provider if your illness becomes more severe, especially if you are experiencing shortness of breath. Your provider may recommend you be tested for COVID19. Consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s nurselines. You can find a list at covid19.colorado.gov/telehealth-and-nurselines.
Please call Rangely District Hospital (970) 620-3969 (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm) or visit www.pioneershospital.org for current drive through options in your community.
For people with severe symptoms: (severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)
Call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms. Do not wait for a COVID-19 test to call 911 in the event of an emergency. Call 911 for: Symptoms of heart attack or stroke Difficulty breathing Choking Difficulty speaking, walking, or seeing Severe allergic reactions Confusion, dizziness, or disorientation Sudden, severe pain For those whose symptoms are severe enough to require hospitalization, a positive or negative test result is important to determine which unit of the hospital should oversee the patient’s care. The state lab is prioritizing test results for high-risk individuals. Some Colorado hospitals have the capability or are building the capability to test for COVID-19 in-house. This will allow hospitals to test patients and have results without having to send the samples to the state lab or a private lab. While waiting for test results on patients who are exhibiting extreme respiratory symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19, hospitals will follow CDC guidance to keep those patients isolated from the general population.