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Respiratory Virus Guidance

Respiratory viruses are responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths every year in the US. There are many common types of respiratory viruses in addition to COVID-19, including influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The best way to avoid getting sick with any of these – or more than one at once! – is to practice some core prevention strategies.

  • Get your immunizations

  • Practice good hand hygiene

  • Take steps to improve air quality in your home

  • If you do get sick, stay home to prevent spread

Recommendations are to stay home and away from others until your symptoms are getting better AND you are fever-free without use of fever reducing medications for 24 hours. Then take additional prevention steps for at least the next 5 days.

If you or someone in your household have risk factors for severe illness, contact a healthcare provider for testing and treatment options to reduce the severity of your illness and the chances of passing the virus to someone else.

Taking steps to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses when you are sick is an important part of lowering risk of developing serious illness and helping to protect others.

Additional prevention strategies can be taken after you have been sick, or if you or a loved one is at high risk of developing serious illness from any of the respiratory viruses.

  • Wear masks

  • Practice social distancing

  • Take a test when you feel symptoms

These additional precautions can be especially helpful when respiratory viruses are causing a lot of illness in your community.

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COVID-19 Testing

For a map of testing sites within the local NCHD district, click here or the following button. Once the map opens, please click the top left icon to view a complete list of location names and addresses that describes the pins on the map. This list will also tell you which type of test you can find, whether at-home rapid tests or PCR testing from a provider. At this time, there are no free testing options in the region.

COVID-19 Treatment

If you test positive for COVID-19, treatments are available. Treatment works best if it is taken within a few days of getting symptoms or testing positive. Seeking treatment can lower your risk of serious illness. Treatments must be prescribed by a healthcare professional. If you have gotten a positive result with an at-home test and you want to ask about treatment, check with your provider or a pharmacist.

Before you throw out any at-home tests that may be "expired,"

check to see if the expiration dates have been extended by visiting this FDA page describing the extended expiration dates.

For general COVID-19 questions or to find resources,
call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911
Language support available.

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