Know the signs — and what to do if you think you or a loved one might be infected with COVID-19.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, shortness of breath and fatigue. These symptoms are typically found 2-14 days after exposure.
If you or a loved one are experiencing respiratory or flu-like symptoms, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health recommends the following steps:
- Call your doctor’s office or local clinic. Diagnostic testing is available for those who meet specific criteria (call 636.949.1899 or click here for a list of mobile testing sites). You must call ahead to obtain testing and receive further direction; do not go to a testing site without calling first.
- Do NOT go to the emergency room or urgent care unless your symptoms are severe. If your symptoms are severe enough to go to the emergency room, call ahead or call 911. Going without notifying them could take valuable resources away from those with the most critical needs and put their health at risk with a secondary infection.
- For milder cases, your doctor may recommend self-quarantine or isolation while you treat symptoms at home. Be prepared in advance should these be necessary. Make sure you stock up on food, medicine (especially things needed to relieve fevers and respiratory issues) and other supplies now in case you are quarantined.
We will all get through this together. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911; for nonemergencies, please call 636.970.9700.