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Here’s what you should do next if you test positive for the coronavirus

Medical staff in protective gear administer a test for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing center in Paramus, N.J., Friday, March 20, 2020. The coronavirus testing center opened Friday in Bergen County which has been the state's hardest-hit area. Gov. Phil Murphy said only those with symptoms should get in line, and not those whom he called the "worried well," people who are feeling well but are concerned they could be infected. The facility will have the capacity to conduct 2,500 tests a week, according to the governor. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Medical staff in protective gear administer a test for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing center in Paramus, N.J., Friday, March 20, 2020. The coronavirus testing center opened Friday in Bergen County which has been the state's hardest-hit area. Gov. Phil Murphy said only those with symptoms should get in line, and not those whom he called the "worried well," people who are feeling well but are concerned they could be infected. The facility will have the capacity to conduct 2,500 tests a week, according to the governor. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – Houston Health Department provided specific instructions for people who tested positive for the new coronavirus.

If the person is experiencing mild symptoms, they should self-isolate at home and have no person-to-person contact. This will help to reduce the spread of the virus with others, Health Authority Dr. David Persse said during a press conference Friday.

Individuals, who test positive for coronavirus and are minimally ill, shouldn’t go to the emergency room or the hospital, Persse said.

If they become sicker, the person should call ahead to the doctor or the emergency room, Persse said. That way, the medical providers and be prepared to receive the sick patient.

“If you get into any trouble, reach your health care provider for the specific management of your situation,” Persse said.

Once their symptoms reduce, the person should talk with their health provider about the next steps, Persse said.

Persse noted the post-care instruction may vary based on the health provider.

He provided the procedures for the Houston Health Department, which is first prioritizing testing high-risk populations such as the first-responders, health care workers, and senior citizens with symptoms.


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