COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) are aggressively responding to the outbreak of novel coronavirus / COVID-19. Along with other Ohio hospitals, Mercy Medical Center is following all CDC and ODH recommendations and will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19, please call the ODH Hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

What to Do If You Think You May Have COVID-19

Call Your Doctor

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and other symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. You can also use the CDC’s self-checker tool.

Call before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell caregivers your symptoms. They will inform you on the best next steps for your situation.

Mild Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID 19 bedPeople who are mildly ill are able to recover at home and should monitor their symptoms, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure. They include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Check with the CDC for any updates to this list.

If you have these mild symptoms:

  1. Stay home (except if you have an appointment to get medical care from your primary care provider)
  2. Cover your coughs and sneezes
  3. Wash your hands often
  4. Separate yourself from other people
  5. Limit contact with pets and animals (see the CDC’s FAQs regarding COVID-19 and pets)
  6. Clean frequently touched surfaces daily
  7. Avoid public areas
  8. Avoid public transportation

Read more from the CDC about preventing the spread of coronavirus, caring for someone with COVID-19, and what to do if you are sick.

Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 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.

Considerations for Getting a COVID-19 Test

COVID-19 tests are now available throughout Ohio at various pop-up testing sites, community health centers, and retail locations (i.e., CVS Pharmacy). Look for a COVID-19 testing site near you in Stark, Carroll, Wayne, or Tuscarawas Counties and learn more about the pros and cons of various types of COVID-19 tests on the ODH website.