Wait times at ERs and urgent cares in our community are longer than usual right now due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it extra important to seek the right care for your symptoms. Take care of yourself by getting your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, taking precautions to stay well and choosing the right level of care for your symptoms.
Planning to visit the emergency department because of COVID-19?
For a majority of people, having COVID-19 is not a medical emergency. The condition does not require immediate medical attention unless you are having severe, life-threatening symptoms which may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Fever of 103 degrees or higher
- Racing heart
- Confusion or difficulty walking
- Bluish lips or face
- Severe cough or headache
- Chest pain or pressure
Recovering at home
If you are having milder COVID-19 symptoms, it is safe to stay home to recover without seeing a doctor unless severe or life-threatening symptoms develop. If you wish to see your doctor, call or schedule online to make an in-person appointment or a virtual visit through Online Quick Care.
For the safety of other patients and staff, if you are concerned you might have COVID-19, do not go to the emergency department for a COVID-19 test if you are asymptomatic or only experiencing mild symptoms. COVID-19 testing in emergency departments is currently limited. Our emergency departments provide COVID-19 testing in emergency scenarios only. Your doctor’s office can help give instructions on how to get the care you need and determine if you meet the CDC guidelines for testing based on your symptoms, travel and exposure. If you do meet the criteria for testing, you’ll be advised on how to proceed with testing.
Need a COVID-19 vaccine or booster?
The COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you and those you love. It is also safe and effective. If you need to get the COVID-19 vaccine, contact your doctor’s office or see walk-in clinic options hosted by the Lake County General Health District.