COVID-19: TESTING & ISOLATION INSTRUCTIONS
 

There is a specific test for COVID-19 and testing must take place at a designated laboratory. Currently, mass testing for COVID-19 is not available in Tennessee. 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 and/or close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should always call before arriving at any health care location. He or she will work with the public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. 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. Currently, mass testing for COVID-19 is not available in Tennessee. Maury Regional Health, like other health care providers in our region, is following CDC guidelines for testing. 

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 or unusual shortness of breath. 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, you may call the Maury Regional Health COVID-19 Information Line at 931.540.4257. This information line is available daily between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In addition, the Tennessee Department of Health maintains the Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line. The number is 877.857.2945 and is answered daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. CST.

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