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How to care for yourself or others with COVID-19:

  • Pay attention to your symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, call a healthcare provider for guidance. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call the King County COVID-19 call center between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at 206-477-3977.
  • Watch for emergency signs. Call 9-1-1 if you have:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • Unusual feelings of confusion or not able to respond
    • Lips or face have a blue or purple tint
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or are at higher risk from the disease, getting COVID-19 treatment early can help to protect from severe illness and hospitalization. Ask your healthcare provider to see if treatment is recommended for you.

Use the calculator tool on the Washington State Department of Health website to find out if you should quarantine or isolate, and for how long.

Share this information with people you live with, people you have traveled in a vehicle with, and others who have been within 6 feet of you for 15 minutes or more since 2 days before your symptoms began.

If you or someone you know is actively isolating or quarantining at home and needs food or other assistance, Care Connect Washington by calling or texting the program hotline, 1-833-453-0336, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Press #1 for English and #2 for Spanish.

If you used an over-the-counter self-test, you need to report your results to the Washington State Department of Health before receiving Care Connect services. To report results, call 1-800-525-0127 and press # (press #7 for Spanish). The Department of Health will contact you to do an assessment.

Care Connect workers can also help provide referrals to additional services or you can contact these services directly:

You can provide your employer with this statement that explains when it is safe for you to return to work.

Learn more about support for workers

If you test positive, health investigators known as contact tracers will reach out to help determine when you got sick and who you might have exposed. Your phone will identify the caller as "WA Health." You may also receive a text message.

Contact tracers will work with you to let your close contacts know what precautions to take and where to get a free test. They will not reveal your identity nor ask about your immigration status.

Contact tracing is a time-tested way to limit the spread of contagious diseases. If you get called, please answer. We need your help in stopping the spread of the virus to the community.

Here is more information about what to expect when they call.

View this infographic: What is Contact Tracing?

If they are not already fully vaccinated, adults and children who have completed quarantine following a COVID-19 diagnosis should get vaccinated right away! Vaccination should only be postponed if:

  • You have had a fever within the past 24 hours.
    OR
  • Cough or shortness of breath have not improved since you got COVID-19.
    OR
  • You received monoclonal antibody treatment* for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
    *Common therapies include Casirivimab/Imdevimab (Regeneron) and Bamlanivimab/Etesevimab. Check with your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received.

It's never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine! Everyone ages 5 and older is eligible.

COVID-19 vaccines are free! Vaccination is available regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status. You will not be billed or charged for vaccination.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, clinics, pop-up events, and high-volume vaccination sites. Many providers don't require appointments! You can even get vaccinated without leaving your car.

For more information go to kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

To find a vaccine near you go to https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov

A negative test result means the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your specimen. If you took the test while you had symptoms and followed all instructions carefully, a negative result means your current illness is probably not COVID-19.

However, it is possible for a test to give a false negative. You could also test negative if the specimen was collected too early in your infection. In this case, you could test positive later during your illness.

If you are concerned that you might have COVID-19 because you were exposed or have symptoms, or that you might have a false negative result, then we recommend quarantining yourself and getting another COVID-19 test.

Options for repeat testing include:

  • through your healthcare provider
  • one of the King County testing sites
  • another testing site with confirmatory testing
  • continuing to test (no more than once in a 24-hour period) with a rapid self-test during your quarantine period. This is called serial testing. Serial testing is when a person tests themselves multiple times for COVID-19 on a routine basis, such as every few days. By testing more frequently, you might detect COVID-19 more quickly and could reduce the spread of infection. Some self-administered tests come with more than one test and instructions for performing serial testing. For serial testing to be used as a confirmatory negative test, you must have two negative test results in a row.

If a repeat test is positive, isolate from others for 5 days since your positive test, OR, if you develop symptoms, enter isolation the date your symptoms started, regardless of your vaccination status.


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