GUIDE TO COVID-19
What is coronavirus-19? A respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
Currently there is no vaccine for this virus. The best way to not get sick is to take preventative action. If you know someone who has COVID-19, avoid contact.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, shortness of breath - and may also include congestion and sore throat.
If you have these symptoms but have not recently traveled to an area with widespread outbreak or have not had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, at this time the best guidance is to stay home, get plenty of rest, drink fluids and take pain and fever medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
When should I get tested?
If you develop emergency warning signs get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.
Testing in North Platte & Surrounding Areas
West Central Health District has conducted a number of COVID-19 tests. There are currently 3 positive cases - all related to travel. They are self-quarantining for 14 days. West Central's area includes Arthur, Hooker, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson and Thomas counties. - updated 3/24/2020 @ 8:57a.m.