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Newly Diagnosed?

Finding out that you have tested positive for COVID-19 can be alarming. There are resources that can help you. You can also help prevent spreading coronavirus to your loved ones or others in your community.

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Report At-Home Test Results

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If you tested positive for COVID-19, follow your health care provider’s guidance.

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Most people can recover at home, but call 911 or go to the nearest emergency care provider if you have:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Let 911 or the provider know you have COVID-19. This will help them know how to care for you and keep other people from getting infected.

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Isolate at home

If you test positive, you should isolate at home. You can be around others after:

  • 5 days from the start of your symptoms or your positive test, and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*.

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

You must continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days (through day 10).  If you are unable to wear a mask around others, you should remain in isolation for 10 days.

When around others, remember to stay six feet apart and wear a mask around other people. Talk to your health care provider especially if you have a high-risk underlying health condition or if you are 65 years and older. You may need to stay away from other people longer. This guidance is subject to change.

Also, please answer the call from MD COVID or (240) 466-4488, the text from 51454 or email from to help Maryland contact tracers slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Stay in a room separate from the rest of your family and keep physical distance.

Do not use the same bathroom as others.

Always wear a mask and have family wear one too if they come to help you.

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Wash your hands frequently and disinfect everything you touch (furniture, objects, etc.).

Don’t share any glassware, dinnerware and other utensils.

Reporting at-home test results

COVID-19 self-tests are one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID. If you take an at-home test and your results are positive, you should communicate your results to your healthcare provider and let your close contacts know they were exposed to COVID-19.

You can report your positive test results either through the mobile app associated with your at-home test, or through the Maryland COVID Positive At-Home Test Report Portal.  Log in on the portal’s home page to submit a report. If you do not have login information, you may register to create an account.

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Reporting positive results through the At-Home Test Report Portal will initiate the contact tracing process, which is required to receive work or school excuse and release letters.

COVID-19 Treatment Options

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive free and potentially life-saving treatments. The key to effective treatment in most cases is to test early and begin treatment as soon as possible after any symptoms begin.

Talk to your healthcare provider as soon as you test positive to see if you—or your COVID-19-positive family member—may be eligible to receive monoclonal antibody COVID-19 treatment.

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Answer the call

If you have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, you should expect a call, text or email from a contact tracer. Through contact tracing, we can better understand disease transmission, prevent new infections, and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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