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There are no medications specifically approved for COVID-19. Most people with mild COVID-19 illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
According to both KDHE and CDC guidelines, fever is a criteria for being considered for COVID-19 testing. Without having a measured fever of 100°F, the patient would not qualify for testing. If other symptoms are present you should call your primary care physician for evaluation.
An order from a doctor is required for anyone to get tested.
Yes, if someone in your household has been exposed, everyone in the household is quarantined for 14 days.
The CDC has guidelines for caring for someone who has the Coronavirus.
An individual, or group of individuals, isolated or quarantined may request a hearing in district court contesting the isolation or quarantine BUT this will not stay or enjoin an isolation or quarantine order. Upon receipt of a request, the court shall conduct a hearing within 72 hours after receipt of the request. While the district courts are currently closed, the Chief Justice’s order has made provisions for the filing and hearing of these appeals. See K.S.A. 65-129c.
A close contact is a person who has been within about 6 feet of a person with confirmed novel coronavirus infection for a prolonged period of time (more than 10 minutes) or has had direct contact with body fluids from a person with confirmed novel coronavirus infection.
A few hours to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
14 days is the required quarantine time.
Anyone who has been in close contact with a positive patient is required to quarantine for 14 days, even if they have received a negative test. The incubation time for the virus is 14 days, so even if a negative test is received on day 3, it doesn’t mean the patient won’t develop the virus on day 13.
KDHE has broadened the testing criteria for COVID-19 in an effort to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 in Kansas. An evaluation and referral from a medical professional is still required to determine if testing is needed.
Any Riley County resident who has at least two of the symptoms below, should contact the Riley County Health Department Screening Hotline at 785-323-6400 to receive guidance and further instructions:
This graphic explains the differences in symptoms.
The Riley County Police Department Dispatchers are here to serve you around the clock. They are the critical bridge between the public and medical assistance that could save a life.
Help us ensure they can get help to the people who need it most by only calling 911 for emergencies.
Apple and the CDC, together with the White House and FEMA, launched a new website with a COVID-19 screening tool to help people protect their health. This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19.
Let’s all look out for each other by knowing our status, trying not to infect others, and reserving care for those in need.
A question and answer hotline for general questions about the coronavirus response in Riley County is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Q&A hotline number is 785-587-4526.
A screening hotline staffed by medical personnel is available every day from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to provide guidance for anyone who has symptoms. The screening hotline number is 785-323-6400.
IMPORTANT: Homemade facemasks, if used correctly, are simply another tool to help people who may have the virus but don’t know it from transmitting it to others. They are NOT meant to replace proven public health strategies like social distancing, staying home, and practicing good hygiene – which are all still the best ways to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Find more info at: https://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/toolkit/Kansas_Homemade_Mask_Guidance.pdf
A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
The public can find more information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html