What you should know about Covid 19

Symptoms of COVID-19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Call your doctor if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
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Healthy Tips from the Health Department


To best ensure you and your family remain healthy, always practice good hygiene habits:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick—and stay home when you are sick!
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and wash your hands
  • Regularly disinfect commonly used objects and surfaces.  


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Concerned you have COVID-19? Here’s what you should do:

If you are feeling sick please stay at home and call your primary care doctor or local hospital hotline (see list below)


If you have a fever and a cough AND are experiencing any of the following go immediately to the emergency department or call 911 for EMS:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain


If you have a cough and no fever or are concerned that you may have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Contact your primary care physician by phone (don’t go unannounced) or
  • Seek a telemedicine evaluation or
  • Visit an urgent care center or
  • Contact a regional hotline or
  • Visit a drive-through screening site


If you have a cough WITHOUT difficulty breathing AND no chronic medical conditions*

  • Drink fluids
  • Take over the counter remedies for fever and mild discomfort (e.g., Tylenol)
  • Stay at home and try and stay at least six feet away from others without symptoms

*Chronic medical conditions include: diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer or heart disease.

Hospital Emergency Rooms are still open for emergency medical care. For all other ambulatory care or office appointments, please call the location to get up-to-date information on hours and scheduling an appointment

Below are the current Hospital and Public Health Hotlines and Screening/Triage Sites.

When it’s safe to be around others: ending home isolation

*Please consult with your health care provider for additional medical guidance.

Symptomatic Patients:

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive with symptoms, and recovering from home (or other non-hospital setting), CDC recommends that you remain in home isolation and avoid being around others until the following conditions have been met:

  • No fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever) without the use of medicine that reduces fevers
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
  • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared OR you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart.


Asymptomatic Patients:

If you did not have COVID-19 symptoms, but tested positive, and recovering from home (or other non-hospital setting), CDC recommends that you remain in home isolation and avoid being around others until the following conditions have been met:

  • At least 7 days have passed since the date of your first positive test**
  • You continue to have no symptoms (no cough or shortness of breath) since the test**


**Once these criteria have been met, you must continue to limit contact (stay 6 feet or more away from others) and wear a face covering for their nose and mouth when other people are present (including at home) for 3 more days.

Coronavirus Community Care Network Drive Thru Testing

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Community Care Network will launch its first drive-thru testing site at Joe Dumars Fieldhouse on the corner of Woodward Avenue and E. State Fair Avenue in the City of Detroit.

Please visit our Drive Thru Testing page for more information.

Southeast MI Hospital and Public Health HOTLINES and SCREENING SITES:

Henry Ford Hospital

Hotline: 313-874-1055, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Screening Site: Henry Ford Allegiance Health, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Sunday.

Location is on the surface lot of One Jackson Square, 100 E. Michigan Avenue in Jackson. One person one vehicle being tested. People are required to call 313.874.7500 to schedule an appointment at the screening site. This is only for people who have symptoms of fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.


Ascension Southeast Michigan Hospitals (St. John Hospital, Providence Southfield)

Hotline: 833-981-0738.

Website: https://healthcare.ascension.org

Triage Areas: Ascension Michigan ministries have established COVID-19 triage areas near all emergency departments. This includes: Ascension Macomb-Oakland, Warren Campus, Ascension Macomb-Oakland in Madison Heights, Ascension St. John Hospital, Ascension River District, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, Ascension Providence Novi Hospital and Ascension Providence Southfield Hospital.


Beaumont Health 

Hotline: 1-800-592-4784,

Website: www.beaumont.org/coronavirus

Curbside Screening Sites:

  • Dearborn, Royal Oak, Troy, 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Grosse Pointe, Farmington Hills, Taylor, Trenton and Wayne, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Detroit Medical Center

Hotline: 1-888-DMC-3370, 5 p.m. – 8 a.m. Seven days a week


McLaren Macomb Hospital

Screening Sites

  • Drive-up screening tent 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. for patients already experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath)
  • Do not need appointment but will be seen in the order of arrival


Michigan Medicine  ·

Patients can find information here


St. Jospeh Mercy

Hotline: 1-833-247-1258

Screening Sites

  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
    • Walk-in tents available for drop-in screening, 11a.m. – 11 p.m. Hours subject to change
  • St. Mary Mercy Livonia,
    • Drive up screening, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. hours subject to change


Detroit Health Department

Hotline: 313-876-4000, Available 24/7

Dedicated email address: [email protected]


Wayne County Health Department

Hotline: 734-287-7870, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2-1-1 for information, 24-hour, 7-days a week.


Oakland County Health Department

Nurse on Call: (800) 848-5533

Helpline (non-medical issues): (248) 858-1000


Macomb County Health Department

COVID-19 Helpline: 586-463-3750 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 7-days a week


St. Clair County Health Department

COVID-19 Informational Hotline: 810- 966-4163

Email: General COVID-19 Questions