Free testing is available at the Caldwell County Health Department. Call 828-426-8520 to schedule a same-day appointment. For information about other testing providers, visit the NC DHHS Test Site Finder.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the flu. Symptoms are typically mild to moderate, but there have been cases of severe illness and death due to the virus. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
If you have shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, difficulty breathing, blue lips, or confusion, call their doctor or 911 right away.
Following CDC guidelines, if your test comes back positive and you had symptoms, you should stay home and, as much as possible, avoid others in your household until you can say yes to ALL three of the following questions:
Following CDC guidelines, if your test comes back positive and you did not have symptoms, you should stay home and isolate (avoid anyone in your household) until 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming you did not develop symptoms since your positive test.
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