COVID-19 Community Information Center

When to go to the hospital if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Not everyone who gets COVID-19 will require medical attention. If you believe you have COVID-19, follow these steps to know when medical attention may be necessary. 

If you have a fever or cough, call your doctor and discuss

  • Your symptoms
  • Whether you have traveled to a high-risk area, as defined by the CDC
  • Whether you have been around someone diagnosed with coronavirus or who is awaiting test results

It’s important that you stay at home and isolate yourself from others in your household (except to receive necessary medical care). Follow your doctor’s directions and monitor your symptoms closely.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) says that most people have mild symptoms and can recover at home.

If you develop any of the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

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