Steps to Take if You Test Positive
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect you have COVID-19, you can help prevent spreading it to others by notifying your close contacts and following this guidance.
A close contact is any person within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you test positive for COVID-19, notify close contacts starting from 2 days before symptoms began OR when your COVID-19 test was positive.
Take Care of Yourself
If you test positive for COVID-19:
- Stay home & monitor your symptoms.
- Separate yourself from others and use a different bathroom if possible.
- Wear a well-fitting mask when around others.
- Use fever-reducing medication when indicated.
- Stay hydrated.
- Get plenty of rest.
Therapeutics (Treatments for COVID-19)
If you test positive for COVID-19 and are within a short timeframe from the start of your symptoms, you may be eligible for oral or IV treatments. Most treatments are in limited supply.
(Note that treatments are not a replacement for vaccination, and COVID-19 vaccination is the strongest prevention tool to lower the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19).
The following Health Alerts include information about COVID-19 treatment options and links related product information within:
Health Advisory #187: Oral Antiviral Treatments for COVID-19 Now Available in Limited Supply by Prescription (Dec. 29, 2021)
Health Advisory #189: Change in COVID-19 Treatments and Locations
(Feb 4, 2022)
Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutic Treatments: https://protect-public.hhs.gov/pages/therapeutics-distribution
Prescription treatments for COVID-19: https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Documents/2022-1-28%20Treatments%20for%20COVID.pptx.pdf
Paxlovid Resources: https://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/COVID19/investigation-MCM/Paxlovid/Pages/default.aspx
Molnupiravir Resources: https://www.phe.gov/emergency/events/COVID19/investigation-MCM/molnupiravir/Pages/default.aspx
Therapeutics Locator: https://covid-19-therapeutics-locator-dhhs.hub.arcgis.com/