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
Healthy Tips from the Health Department

To ensure you and your family stay healthy and safe:

  • 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. 
  • If you or a loved one are feeling overwhelmed with sadness, depression or anxiety due to COVID-19, please call the Wayne County Mental Health Authority's 24/7 Help Line at 800-241-4949. 
Wearing Gloves

Wearing gloves while shopping, pumping gas and similar tasks outside of the home is common practice among residents to protect from germs and viruses like COVID-19. Generally speaking, wearing gloves is not necessary, but should you choose to do so it is important the same precautions are followed as if you were using your bare hands.

When wearing gloves remember not to touch your face, food, or rims of drinking containers. Discard gloves after touching soiled items, pumping gas, using shopping carts or engaged in other activities.

Following glove use, wash your hands for least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol by rubbing your hands together until they feel dry.

To learn what the CDC says about glove use, click the following link Wearing Gloves: When Gloves Are and Aren't Needed.

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

The Coronavirus Community Care Network is operating a COVID-19 testing site at the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center on. Tests are free and you do not need a prescription.

Please visit our Drive Thru Testing page for more information.

Southeast MI Hospital and Public Health HOTLINES and SCREENING SITES:

Find a testing site near you

The State of Michigan has created a test-finder to help you locate a testing facility close to your address.


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.

110 North Elm Street, Jackson MI, 49202. One person, one vehicle being tested. Please 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.


St. Jospeh Mercy

Hotline: 1-833-247-1258

  • 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
    • Testing available in the Emergency Department only for those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms


Beaumont Health 

Information Hotline: 1-800-592-4784

Website: https://www.beaumont.org/services/urgent-care

For those with insurance or existing Beaumont Health members, COVID-19 screening is available at Beaumont Urgent Care locations.


Ascension Southeast Michigan Hospitals

Hotline: 833-981-0738.

Website: https://healthcare.ascension.org


Detroit Medical Center

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


McLaren Macomb Hospital Virtual Screening


University of Michigan Medicine  ·

Read the latest updates on COVID-19 here


Detroit Health Department

Information Hotline: 313-876-4000, Available 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Email: [email protected]


Wayne County Health Department

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

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