COVID-19: TESTING & ISOLATION INSTRUCTIONS
 

There is a specific test for COVID-19 and testing must take place at a designated laboratory. Maury Regional Health, like other health care providers in our region, is following CDC guidelines for testing.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild symptoms to severe illness and vary by individual. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Patients experiencing symptoms listed above and/or close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should always call before arriving at any health care location. If you are urgently ill, please inform 911, the ambulance staff and/or emergency department registration staff that you may have COVID-19.

Individuals With Symptoms

Individuals experiencing symptoms listed above should self-isolate and seek medical evaluation and testing for COVID-19. ALL symptoms must be resolved (without fever reducing medications) at least 3 days (72 hours) before leaving the house or being in close contact with anyone. Even after recovery, please continue the recommended social distancing for all. If you are self-isolating and feel that your condition has worsened and you need medical attention, you should always call before arriving at any health care location. Any individual who is urgently ill and requires immediate medical attention should inform 911, the ambulance staff and/or emergency department registration staff that they may have COVID-19.

Patients With Possible COVID-19 Exposure

If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, but do not have symptoms, refer to CDC recommendations regarding testing and self-isolation. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. If your condition worsens and you need medical attention, you should always call before arriving at any health care location. 

Patients Positive for COVID-19

Most patients diagnosed with COVID-19 do not require hospitalization but should self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. The patient should have improving symptoms (without taking any fever-reducing medications) at least 24 hours before leaving the house or being in close contact with anyone. If you feel that your condition has worsened and you need medical attention, you should always call before arriving at any health care location. Any individual who is urgently ill and requires immediate medical attention should inform 911, the ambulance staff and/or emergency department registration staff that they may have COVID-19.

Individuals Who Have Been Tested for COVID-19 

County health departments and other private providers offer testing to individuals with and without symptoms of COVID-19. If you choose to seek a test, it is recommended that you self-isolate until the test results are returned. Should the test results be positive, follow the directions above.

Urgently Ill Patients

Any individual who is urgently ill and requires immediate medical attention should inform 911, the ambulance staff and/or emergency department registration staff that they may have COVID-19.

If you have questions about your potential health risk, please call your primary care provider or the Tennessee Department of Health Coronavirus Public Information Line at 877.857.2945. Please use these resources from the CDC for information on managing your health at home:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Please use these resources from the CDC for information on managing your health at home:

10 things you can do to manage your health at home

Patient quarantine information