What to do after a COVID-19 test
- 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
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.
- Stay at home, away from others – https://redcap.link/IQCalculator
- Get tested – information about free testing is available at www.kingcounty.gov/covid/sites
- Monitor for symptoms
- What to do if you are exposed to COVID-19
- Share information anonymously with contacts: https://tellyourcontacts.org. For assistance notifying your contacts through this website, please call us at 206-263-8480. Spanish interpretation available.
- Isolation and Quarantine Centers: King County operated motels offer people with COVID-19 a place to stay if they cannot quarantine or recover in their own home, or do not have a home.
- Health insurance and essential services: information about free and low-cost health insurance and many essential services including food and energy assistance.
- Utilities & bill assistance
- Rental Assistance Programs
- Resources for undocumented residents
- Emotional Support and Mental Health
- Other community resources
If you test positive or have been exposed to someone who has, 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 "Public Health," "WA Health," 206-263-8480, or 206-477-4992.
Here is more information about what to expect when we call.
Adults and teenagers 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.
- Cough or shortness of breath have not improved since you got COVID-19.
- 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 12 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
Link/share our site at kingcounty.gov/nextsteps