If You Test Positive for COVID-19
What to do if you test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you had your test performed at a Baptist Hospital or Baptist Medical Group clinic, a representative from Baptist will contact you to advise you of next steps. Still, there are some important actions you must take to protect yourself and your family.
Self-quarantine – Self-quarantining means voluntarily separating yourself from others as much as possible by staying home. It also includes self-monitoring of your symptoms, including regular temperature checks and watching for signs of a respiratory illness, such as shortness of breath, cough and fever.
Separate yourself from other people in your home – Put yourself in isolation and avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, linens and towels. Use a separate bathroom if possible and limit contact with pets.
Stay in touch with your doctor - If your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention, but call first. Wear a facemask if possible and follow care instructions from your doctor or local health department. If you need emergency help, call 911.
Practice healthy hygiene – Wear a facemask when others are around. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands properly, and often.
Clean all high-touch surfaces every day – Routinely clean and disinfect your bedroom and bathroom and high-touch surfaces like phones, remotes, counter and table tops, and doorknobs.
Stay informed about COVID-19
It is important that you visit visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information and recommendations for
- What to do if you have contracted COVID-19
- Self-quarantining or home isolation
- How to monitor your condition/improvement
- And, when and how to come out of home isolation safely