Symptoms of COVID-19 in people who have been exposed can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. There is no treatment for COVID-19, and most people will not need hospital care unless they are having trouble breathing, or if they develop moderate to severe respiratory illness.
Here are some things you can do if you are having symptoms:
Seeking medical care
Please call your doctor's office, urgent care or emergency department first to let us know you are coming. You can also call Riverside Nurse 24/7 at 800-675-6368. There is no treatment for COVID-19, and most people will not need hospital care unless they are having trouble breathing, or if they develop moderate to severe respiratory illness.
Here’s what to expect when you enter a Riverside facility:
When testing is appropriate
Only patients who meet criteria outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be tested for COVID-19. Testing is not appropriate for anyone who is not showing symptoms, regardless of any other factors, including travel history.
The COVID-19 testing process is conducted with the assistance of the Virginia Department of Health. Riverside can also partner with private labs to conduct testing. It can take hours or even days to get test results back, and all positive results must be confirmed by the CDC.
VDH updates its website every weekday with the number of people tested and the results. To protect patient confidentiality, VDH will not provide any additional details about individuals undergoing testing. View the VDH site.
What about masking?
Masks are essential for those who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. If you seek medical care at a Riverside facility, you will notice signs asking anyone with flu-like symptoms to immediately put on a mask, which will be provided for you.
Masking is also crucial for health workers and others who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings such as at home or in a health care facility.
It is not necessary for those who are well to wear a mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Only wear a mask if a health care professional has advised you to.