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. Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of taste or smell 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 Without Symptoms

If you are asymptomatic (no symptoms) and have not been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19, you do not need to be tested at this time. Maury Regional Health, like other health care providers in our region, is following CDC guidelines for testing. 

Patients who are scheduled for a surgical procedure must obtain a COVID-19 test before the procedure. Your surgeon will review the testing process and locations at the time your procedure is scheduled. For more information about preparing for an upcoming surgery, click here.

Individuals With Symptoms

Individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, new or increased cough and unusual shortness of breath should self-isolate for 14 days. 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, you should quarantine yourself for 14 days. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may include fever, new or increased cough, unusual shortness of breath and sudden loss of taste or smell. 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 have mild symptoms and recover on their own. We encourage you to self-quarantine for a minimum of 7 days. ALL symptoms must be resolved (without taking any fever-reducing medications) at least 3 days (72 hours) before leaving the house or being in close contact with anyone.

Patients on Quarantine

If you have been tested for COVID-19 and been placed on home quarantine, you MUST follow the quarantine instructions until you receive results and further guidance from your provider. Do not assume if you feel better or stop running a fever that you are no longer contagious. 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.

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.

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