- Please stay at home except to received medical care. Do not go to work or public areas, and avoid using public transportation
- Even if you don’t have symptoms, such as a cough, you should wear a mask until you are released from home isolation—you can still spread the virus to others.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch and keep others from touching those surfaces.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Drink plenty of fluids and rest.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue and throw it in the trash. Wash your hands afterwards.
Here are some of the reasons you should see a medical provider sooner:
If you are having difficulty breathing, blue color around your lips or mouth, or are very weak and unable to stand, this is a medical emergency. Call 911 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Your sample will be sent to the lab and processed as soon as possible. We know it is important to get your results as soon as possible. Over 90% of COVID-19 test results are available within 48 hours from when you had your specimen collected. If you are having a COVID-19 test for an upcoming surgery or procedure, you must get your COVID-19 test 3 days (72 hours) in advance of when the procedure is scheduled. We recommend checking My Health+ to access your test results 1 to 2 days after your test, and then continuing to check until your result is available.
If the test is positive, you have COVID-19. You will be contacted by the Intermountain COVID-19 Remote Patient Monitoring team and instructed to remain on home isolation, in accordance with CDC guidelines, until notified when you can discontinue home isolation. You may also be contacted by the Utah Department of Health to assess if any of your close contacts may have been exposed to the virus. If your symptoms get worse, contact the COVID-19 Hotline 844-442-5224. If you are told to go to the Emergency Room, please call ahead or notify the 9-1-1 dispatcher that you have COVID-19.
If the test is negative, you likely do not have COVID-19 at this time, but you still may have a different illness that can spread to other people (like Influenza, or the Flu) and could still be at risk for getting COVID-19. We still ask that you stay away from other people to limit the spread of illness.
It is possible that you do not have COVID-19. Even if you were not tested today, please remember that you still have an illness that can spread to other people. Staying at home and avoiding all contact with other people is the best way to do this.