Updated June 2, 2021

If you feel well

If you have no cough or fever, or other symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to seek care.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, stay away from others and get tested. See: If you have been around someone with COVID-19>>

If you feel sick


May appear anytime 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of sense of smell or taste

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Older adults and anyone who has an ongoing medical condition such as lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, is at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Black, indigenous and people of color may experience additional risk due to the impact of systemic racism. 

If you start to feel sick — especially with a fever and cough — call your doctor about getting tested. If you don’t have a doctor, call 211. They can help you find a clinic even if you don't have insurance. You can also call the Health Department's Primary Care Clinics at 503-988-5558 to enroll as a new patient. See more about COVID-19 Testing and Community Test Sites>>

Take care of yourself at home

Unless your doctor asks you to get a test or come in for an appointment, stay home and do the things you normally do to feel better: sleep, rest, drink plenty of fluids. See: What to do if you feel sick.

Call your doctor or clinic if you are worried that you are not getting better. 

Some people have problems with their lungs, heart, or thinking after the initial illness is over. Talk to your doctor or clinic about how they will monitor you after the first part of your COVID-19 illness.

When to get immediate help

If you have any of these severe symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room:

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Pain or pressure in the chest or belly

  • Unable to drink or keep liquids down

  • New confusion or inability to wake up

  • Bluish lips or face 

The paramedics or emergency room staff who help you may wear extra masks and coverings to keep themselves healthy.

Keep illness from spreading

If you are sick with COVID-19 or have tested positive, you should stay home and isolate yourself from others in your home. Help stop the spread of the virus by telling your close contacts right away.

More Information

10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Symptoms at Home

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