Who should get tested for COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed, get tested. If you are exposed to a COVID-19 case, get tested 3-5 days after the exposure if you are unvaccinated, and 5-7 days after the exposure if you are vaccinated. Getting tested will provide the diagnosis you need to determine your next steps.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and testing is the most accurate when symptoms are present. Symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What if I test positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive, you will need to isolate yourself, take care of yourself and monitor your symptoms.
- Talk with your healthcare provider for guidance about your care. Consider a telehealth visit or nurseline before seeking in-person care.
- The people who have been in close contact with you will need to take precautions. Read more about self-quarantining.
- If you’d like to receive text messages with information about support available during isolation and/or quarantine, use CDPHE’s support tool.
- Use the CDC's quarantine and isolation calculator to help determine how long you need to stay home, get tested and wear a well-fitting mask in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you test positive and are interested in possible treatments, such as monoclonal antibody treatment, please visit our COVID-19 Treatments webpage.
Exposure notification: Work with public health to help slow the spread.
When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is very important for JCPH to quickly identify any individuals who have come in close contact with that person. This allows us to let that person know they could have been exposed to the virus, so they can also take steps to protect their own health and the health of their loved ones.
Following your positive diagnosis, an employee from JCPH will call you to check-in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with and ask you to stay at home to self-isolate. We will also reach out to close contacts who could have been exposed, and ask them to monitor their symptoms and self-quarantine. We will never disclose your name to those close contacts. Please answer our call to help us slow transmission.
Check out this fact sheet for more information about exposure notification (contact tracing).