If you suspect you have it
Discover when you need to quarantine yourself, see a doctor, and get tested. Also learn what happens after you test positive.
I might have it
Where do I go?
Contact your doctor, health care provider, or local county health department. They will use CDC guidelines to determine if testing is warranted. There are a few ways that a lab may get a sample for testing.
Swab test. A health care provider will use a special swab to take a sample from your nose or throat.
Nasal aspirate. A health care provider will inject a saline solution into your nose, then remove the sample with gentle suction.
Tracheal aspirate. A health care provider will put a thin, lighted tube called a bronchoscope down your mouth and into your lungs, where a sample will be collected.
Sputum test. Sputum is a thick mucus that is coughed up from the lungs. You may be asked to cough up sputum into a special cup, or a special swab may be used to take a sample from your nose.
Blood. A health care professional will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm.
- In case of medical emergency, call 911. That means difficulty breathing or another emergency medical condition.
- Call your doctor's office or the emergency department before visiting so they can prepare for your arrival.
- Video visits or telemedicine are great ways to avoid leaving home when you are ill and still receive medical assistance. Just log into MyChart and select Video Visit.
I do have it
Basics and tips
We learn more about COVID-19 every day including how the virus spreads, who’s more susceptible, and how you can avoid catching it.
Care for other conditions
If you are pregnant or have a chronic condition, you probably have a lot of questions on how COVID-19 affects your ongoing care.
Do you know where to go?
It’s that moment – you think you have COVID-19. At AHN, we’re ready to help you. Learn where you can get the care you need now.
What’s changed at AHN?
AHN has taken a number of proactive steps to protect our patients and caregivers, and to prevent potential transmission of the virus.