What to do if you think you have COVID-19
First of all, stay calm and know that you're not alone. A phone call is going to be the FIRST thing you do, and the process of getting better will begin.
If you've been sick for a time and it's getting worse with the signs of COVID-19, call your primary care provider FIRST before going anywhere in search of a test.
It's important (at this point) that your primary doctor or a care provider that you contact talks to you first about your symptoms and orders a test be done on you. Also, follow the basics:
- Stay home if you’re sick, until you are given instructions from a doctor or the hospital.
- Stay hydrated as much as you can
- If you live alone, make sure family members, friends or neighbors know that you're not feeling well. They can help bring supplies TO YOUR DOORSTEP instead of you going anywhere.
- Don't be afraid to ask friends for help...we're all in this together and they want to see you get better
- Avoid contact with sick people when possible (is anyone else in the house feeling sick?)
- Cover your cough and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
(Rules and guidelines about testing for COVID-19 may change often and we'll keep you updated. But it's always going to be a good rule of thumb to CALL YOUR DOCTOR first before going anywhere.)
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.
Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact.
Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
- The Gallatin City-County Health Department has opened a call center in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
- The call center is available from 8 AM to 5 PM (MST) every day of the week.
- For any questions or concerns, you can reach the call center at (406) 548-0123.
- Non-English speaking options are available.
- To help alleviate the volume of calls, please consult the information below as well as DPHHS and CDC for general information about COVID-19.
- The Health Department main number (406) 582-3100 is available for all urgent after-hours questions.