Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. According to the CDC, it may take 2 to 14 days following exposure to COVID-19 for symptoms to develop.
The best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated with one of the three vaccines- Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johsnon. You should also take preventive actions daily such as:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20+ seconds
- Use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol
- Avoid close personal contact with others, such as shaking hands
- Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet from other individuals
- Avoid crowded, public spaces
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid contact with those who are sick or may be sick
- Cancel non-essential travel (both foreign and domestic)
- Clean all high-touch surfaces frequently
Seek medical advice – Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
Avoid contact with others.
Not travel on public transportation while sick.
Spread of COVID-19 occurs via airborne particles and droplets. People who are infected with COVID can release particles and droplets of respiratory fluids that contain the SARS CoV-2 virus into the air when they exhale (e.g., quiet breathing, speaking, singing, exercise, coughing, sneezing).
Older adults, nursing home residents, healthcare professionals, immunocompromised individuals, and people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, lung disease or a heart condition.
If you do not have symptoms but suspect you may have Covid-19, stay away from people at get a COVID-19 test.
If you are feeling sick please stay at home and call your primary care doctor or local hospital hotline.
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
- 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
For more specific guidance (available in multiple languages) please click here.
Ascension Southeast Michigan Hospitals
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.
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
Seven days a week, 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Henry Ford Hospital
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Screening Site: Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 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.
McLaren Macomb Hospital
- 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
St. Joseph Mercy
- 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