Next Steps After Being Diagnosed with COVID-19
You have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and you now need to know, “What’s next?”
Lehigh Valley Health Network has the information you need to help you through your recovery and keep the people you live with safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can start here and by watching the video above - Next Steps After Being Diagnosed with COVID-19. Also remember that your primary care provider is always a phone call away or via a secure message through your MyLVHN account to answer questions you may have.
Now that you’ve received a positive COVID-19 test, you will need to begin home isolation immediately.
Continue to isolate until:
Before returning to work, it’s important that you consult with your employer about its COVID-19 policy.
If you develop new or worsening symptoms, contact your primary care provider by phone for guidance. If you do not have a primary care provider, visit MyLVHN.org or use the MyLVHN app to set up an ExpressCARE Video Visit. If your symptoms are severe get to an emergency room right away.
Certain symptoms are considered emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Quarantine: separates and restricts the movements of those who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick. Example: staying home and out of the public.
Isolation: separates those who are sick with COVID-19 from those who do not have it to prevent the spread of the virus. Example: restricting and isolating to a room separated from others in the household.
Everyone who has had close contact with you should remain on home quarantine for 7 days (if they have a negative COVID-19 test), or up to 10 days (without a test), per the Centers for Disease Control. They also must monitor their health during this time.
If possible, members of your household should use a separate bedroom and bathroom than you. Make sure the only people in your house are those who need to be there. When it comes to your pet, have other members of your house handle and care for them until you feel well.
Additional guidance to help keep others in your home safe:
It’s also important to keep your home and surroundings clean.