If You Are Sick: COVID-19 - Minnesota Dept. of Health

If You Are Sick: COVID-19

On this page:
If you are sick
Contact with someone who has COVID-19
How long to stay home if sick
Going to the doctor
Caring for someone who is sick

If you are sick

If You are Sick
Minnesota’s new site for more information on what to do if you are sick, including testing information.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you are older or have certain underlying medical conditions, it is helpful to let your health care provider know you are sick. They may have specific advice for you.
  • Seek medical care right away if your symptoms get worse or you have difficulty breathing. Before going to the doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.

Contact with someone who has COVID-19

  • Close contact means someone you live with or have some sort of relationship with.
  • If you have close contact with someone who has been told by a doctor, clinic or hospital that they have COVID-19:
    • Watch yourself for symptoms for 14 days.
    • Stay home as much as you can.
  • If you must go to work:
    • Work with your boss for ways to check your symptoms in the morning before you go to work.
    • Watch yourself for symptoms.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Clean surfaces you touch.
  • COVID-19 Recommendations for Health Care Workers (PDF)
    Recommendations for health care workers who are ill or living with a person suspected of having COVID-19 regarding self-quarantine and restriction from work.
    Updated 6/5/20

How long to stay home if sick

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home until all three of these things are true:
    • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.
      and
    • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick.
      and
    • You have had no fever for the last three days, without using medicine that lowers fevers.
  • Talk to your health care provider if you have questions.
  • If a lab test shows you have COVID-19, someone from the health department will give you more information and answer your questions.

Going to the doctor

  • Call ahead before going in to see a health care provider.
  • If you are older or have underlying medical conditions, it may be helpful to let your health care provider know you are sick. They may have some specific advice for you.
  • Some people with COVID-19 have worsened during the second week of illness.
    • Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing). Call ahead and tell them your symptoms.

CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker found at Symptoms & Testing can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This tool is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.

Caring for someone who is sick

  • If someone in your household gets sick, do your best to keep them away from others in the house. Have one person take care of the person who is sick. Stay 6 feet away from the person who is sick as much as you can.
  • The person who is sick should wear a cloth face covering when anyone else is in the room, except when sleeping. The caregiver, and everyone else in the house, may want to wear cloth face coverings when they are in the same room with the person who is sick. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is not able to remove the covering without help.
  • The person who is sick should not make food or eat with others in the house.
  • If a sleeping room must be shared, open doors or windows sometimes to get fresh air inside. Sleep at least 6 feet apart, hang curtains or put cardboard walls around the person who is sick, and sleep head to toe.
  • If a bathroom must be shared, clean doorknobs, faucets, and other surfaces people touch a lot. Clean each time the person who is sick uses the bathroom.
  • Always wash your hands when touching surfaces and items in rooms the sick person also uses. Do not to touch your face with unwashed hands.

Updated Friday, 10-Jul-2020 12:19:25 CDT