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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Take care of your health

Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home. Here are steps to get better:

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to reduce fever and pain. Note that children younger than age 2 should not be given any over-the-counter cold medications without first speaking with a doctor.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek medical care right away if you experience any of the emergency warning signs.
  • Your doctor may recommend that you have a pulse oximeter at home to monitor your oxygen levels. Using a Pulse Oximeter at Home When You Have COVID-19 | Michigan Medicine.

  • Talk with your healthcare provider to find out if they recommend prescribing COVID-19 treatments and therapeutics. Don’t delay as many need to be started within 5 days.

Call 911 if there are emergency warning signs:

Exhausted   Chest Pain  Bluish Lips Confused   Sick Person
 Difficulty breathing  Pressure or pain in chest  Bluish lips or face  Confused or hard to wake  Other serious symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and my include:

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

This list does not include all possible symptoms of COVID-19.
Some people with COVID-19 never get symptoms.

Get a Test and Talk to a Doctor

  • If you develop any of the symptoms listed above, or any symptoms that are not on the list that concern you, contact your healthcare provider and get tested for COVID-19. Make a note of the day when your symptoms first began.
  • If you are 65 years or older or have a health problem such as a chronic disease or a weak immune system, it is particularly important to let your doctor know that you have these new symptoms.
  • If you need help finding a doctor, call the Shasta County information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.
  • To get a COVID-19 test, call your doctor, call 2-1-1 or visit for testing sites. Local pharmacies may also have home test kits. It's recommended to call in advance to check to see if kits are in stock. 
  • Talk with your healthcare provider to find out if you qualify for COVID-19 treatments and therapeutics.
  • Seek prompt medical care if your symptoms get worse. If they are life-threatening, call 911.