How do I get tested and what do I do if I test positive?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough or shortness of breath, or have reason to believe they may have been exposed, call your health care provider. Your healthcare provider will determine if you should be tested.
Testing in Marin County Public Health is done by physician-referral only.
Patients who are tested must self-quarantine pending results of their test. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, Marin County Public Health will instruct close contacts (typically household) to remain at home for 14 days after their last exposure. Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for at least 10 minutes or having direct contact with infectious COVID-19 secretions.
Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
Patients who are confirmed to have COVID-19 will be cared for by healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals will decide if a person ill with COVID-19 requires hospitalization or if home isolation is appropriate. That decision may be based on multiple factors including severity of illness, need for testing, and appropriateness of home for isolation purposes.
Care at home includes bed rest, fluids, and over the counter fever-reducing medicine. The ill person must stay away from other people and pets in their home (home isolation).