If You Suspect You May have COVID-19

If you have a fever and/or cough and difficulty breathing, or have had close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the 14 days before your symptoms began, please call your doctor. Follow this guidance:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to visit your medical provider, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid non-essential travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

If you cannot make it to a medical provider, UNC Health Care offers 24/7 Virtual Urgent Care, or you can call the Orange County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline (919-245-6111) for help.

All Orange County medical personnel and first responders have been informed about COVID-19 and have put in place a protocol to ensure the public’s safety.

Caring for COVID-19 patients

In general, caring for someone at home includes four components: monitor for emergency signs, prevent the spread of germs, treat symptoms, and carefully consider when to end home isolation.

However, older adults and people of any age with certain serious underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should seek medical care as soon as symptoms start.