Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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If You Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

You will likely learn of your positive result from your health care provider or lab before hearing from PHHS. Begin isolating immediately as to not further expose anyone else to the virus. You can still spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.

  • You must restrict activities and limit all movements that may put you in contact with others during the isolation period. This means staying home. Do not go to work, school, church, the gym, grocery store, friend’s or family’s homes, etc.
  • Arrange for food and other necessities to be delivered and left at your door. If you cannot make arrangements for someone to assist you, please call 211.
  • There is no specific treatment for the virus that causes COVID-19, but we recommend you rest, drink plenty of fluids and take acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.
  • Seek prompt medical care if you begin to experience severe symptoms.

Please begin making a list of those you were in close contact with and begin notifying them. This will help  reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. 

  • People in your house, your intimate partners, and caregivers as well as people who were within 6 feet of you for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24-hour period are considered to be “close contacts.”
  • Because these close contacts have been exposed, it is possible that they could test positive for COVID-19. They should self-quarantine even if they feel well because it can take up to 14 days for them to show symptoms.

You can read more about isolation instructions here. opens PDF file

For more information about what to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, please watch this video (English version).

The Spanish version of the video can be found here.

If You Have Been Identified as a Close Contact

If an individual who has tested positive identifies you as a close contact, you will be contacted by the local health department from which that positive individual resides. If the county is experiencing a large volume of new cases you may only learn of your close contact from the individual who has tested positive. They should share any quarantine instructions with you, but it is also available below. 

When someone tests positive, their close contacts are only traced back two days prior to their onset symptoms or two day prior to their test date, if asymptomatic. When a contact tracer contacts close contacts, they will assess for symptoms and provide education and information for testing options and properly quarantining. Testing is only recommended if someone is a confirmed close contact or they are experiencing symptoms.   

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have not yet been contacted by PHHS, please immediately begin to self-quarantine.

  • The quarantine period starts on the last day you were within close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID.
  • During this quarantine time, you should not go to work, school, church, the gym, grocery store, friend’s or family’s homes, etc.
  • Quarantine is still necessary even if you had close contact with the infectious person while wearing a face mask.

The full 14 day quarantine is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and is still the safest option

There are two additional options to reduce the length of quarantine, IF you have NO symptoms and wear a mask at all times you are around others, even others in your household, for 14 days. 

  • 10 day quarantine, followed by 4 days of monitoring symptoms and mask wearing at all times
  • 7 day quarantine with a negative PCR test, followed by 7 days of of monitoring symptoms and mask wearing at all times
    • You will need to get tested on or after Day 5 of your quarantine. Getting tested before Day 5 could result in a false negative. Talk to your doctor or testing site to make sure you’re getting a PCR test because a PCR test is more reliable for people without symptoms.

*If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time over the 14 day period, please isolate immediately and get tested.

Please note that if you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you may not need to quarantine.  Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., more than 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or more than 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

You can read more about instructions for quarantine here. opens PDF file

For more information about what to do if you have been identified as a close contact, please watch this video (English version).

A Spanish version of the video can be found here.

If You Believe You Have Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician immediately to learn about testing options. A doctor’s order is required to be tested in Boone County. 

If you do not have a primary care doctor you can schedule a virtual visit through a local hospital system to be evaluated for COVID-19, or visit an Urgent Care or Emergency Room. Please call the emergency room, urgent care facility or doctor’s office before visiting in person.  If none of these testing options are available for you, please email the Health Department at coronavirus@como.govcreate new email.

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Local Testing for COVID-19

As part of an ongoing community effort to offer testing for COVID-19, there are several drive-thru testing options available in Boone County. A doctor’s order is required to be tested in Boone County. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician immediately to learn about testing options. 

MU Health Care will offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing for patients with physician orders. For the latest information on MU Health Care’s drive thru hours, please visit muhealth.org/our-stories/how-do-i-get-tested-covid-19

Boone Hospital Center is offering testing at the Doctor’s Building, 1504 E. Broadway. The drive-thru is offered for those who have been screened by a health professional and receive an order. For more information on Boone Hospital’s drive thru hours, please visit boone.org/covid19#test

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If you do not have a primary care doctor you can schedule a virtual visit through a local hospital system to be evaluated for COVID-19, or visit an Urgent Care or Emergency Room. Please call the emergency room, urgent care facility or doctor’s office before visiting in person.  

If none of these testing options are available for you, please email the Health Department at coronavirus@como.govcreate new email.

Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine

A vaccine for COVID-19 is only one of the ways to slow the spread of the disease. Because the supply of vaccine will be limited at first, we’ll have to keep doing everything we know works best to slow the spread of the pandemic. Wearing a face mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowded indoor spaces, washing your hands frequently, and staying home if you are sick will still be the most effective ways to protect our friends and family until the majority of people have been vaccinated. 

Please visit  opens in a new windowCoMo.gov/CovidVaccine for more information. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

Please seek prompt medical care if you experience serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, vomiting, dehydration or confusion. People with life-threatening symptoms should call 911 and tell dispatch personnel that you have, or have been exposed to, COVID-19.

If it’s not urgent and you are experiencing mild symptoms, call ahead before visiting your doctor. You may be able to get advice over the phone or through a virtual visit. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”). Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

A person with COVID-19 can be contagious if they are symptomatic or asymptomatic

  • Many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.

COVID-19 is a new virus and health professionals are still learning more about it. At this time, it is believed that someone becomes infectious with the virus two days before they begin to show symptoms. If someone tests positive but does not have symptoms, they are considered infectious two days before being tested. 

A person with COVID-19 can be contagious if they are symptomatic or asymptomatic

  • Many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. To protect against and prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, PHHS recommends:  

  • Social distancing from others outside of your household.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Wearing a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
    • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

    There is no specific treatment recommended for COVID-19. Individuals with COVD-19 should receive supportive care from their primary care physician to help alleviate symptoms. Those who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.

    Isolation and quarantine are both used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who are sick or who may become sick.

    • “Isolation” refers to separating a sick person from others.
    • “Quarantine” refers to separating people who are not sick, but may have been exposed to an illness, from others.
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    • I have tested positive for COVID-19
    • I may or may not have symptoms
    • I am contagious
    • I will isolate for at least 10 days
    • I have been in close contact (within 6ft for more than 15 cumulative minutes in a 24-hour period) with someone who was contagious
    • I may or may not be infected
    • I could be contagious and not know it
    • I will stay in quarantine for 14 days