If you tested positive for COVID-19, follow these guidelines to help prevent further spread of the virus:
Stay home except to get medical care
- Avoid all public places.
- Call ahead if you need medical care.
Separate yourself from others (even in your own home)
- Stay in a specific room in your home.
- If you must be around other people or animals, wear a mask.
- Calculate the estimated end date of your isolation at health.nd.gov/covidcalculator.
Monitor your symptoms
- Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, chills, and cough.
- Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider.
Follow general cleaning guidance
- Clean and disinfect surfaces.
- Do not share household items.
- Wash your hands often.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Seek outpatient therapies that prevent serious illness/death if you are a high-risk patient, including:
- Individuals age 65 and older
- Individuals age 55 and older with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Individuals age 12 and older with body mass index (BMI) >35 (moderate obesity), chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or immunosuppressed
- Individuals age 12-17 with obesity/overweight, sickle cell disease, heart disease, g-tube/tracheostomy or other technologic dependence, asthma or other chronic lung disease requiring daily controller medication
If you think you may meet one of these criteria for being a high-risk patient, please contact your healthcare provider’s office for more information and a possible referral to a COVID-19 outpatient infusion center near you. If you received antibody therapy for COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days to avoid interference of the treatment with vaccine-induced immune responses. If you have any additional questions, concerns, and/or need further assistance gaining access to these therapies, please call the NDDoH COVID hotline at 1-866-207-2880.
REMEMBER: some of these medications have the best effect if given shortly after your diagnosis, before you have symptoms and/or require hospitalization, therefore please make this call immediately after receiving your positive test result.