Symptoms and Testing

Symptoms and Testing

  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

What should I do if I have symptoms or have been exposed?

  • Call your healthcare provider, or call before going to the emergency room.
  • If you have not been around someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but are showing symptoms the Dept. of Health has a guidance document with information on the next recommended steps here.
  • If you were potentially exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 please contact your healthcare provider and refer to this document for guidance here.
  • You can use the Coronavirus Assessment Tool from Providence and Microsoft to better evaluate your next steps (note: this is not a substitute for medical care. Please contact your doctor if you have symptoms).
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, your healthcare provider will provide you with the next steps following the guidelines laid out by the Dept. of Health here.

How do I get tested?

  • If you have symptoms call your healthcare provider or the Klickitat County Public Health Dept. for more information.
  • As there are currently limitations in the healthcare systems’ ability to obtain samples from people as rapidly as we would like, testing is focused on people displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and provided at the provider’s discretion.
  • There is currently no medication to treat COVID-19 so people do not always need to be tested for clinical care purposes. Currently, anyone with a fever or cough should assume their illness could be COVID-19 and take steps to prevent others in the community and their household from the disease. Please see the guidance document from the Dept. of Health regarding proper steps, here.


Should I get tested?