What to do if You are Sick
1/14/22 - Please review the updated guidance for testing as we are experiencing a surge of COVID cases and have limited staff and supplies.
If you have COVID-19-like symptoms (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) follow the steps below:
Stay home and separate yourself from other people in your home. This is known as home isolation. It is important that you do not go out in public if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19. It is important not to spread this illness to other people. Do not travel, attend social gatherings, or go to work if you have COVID-19-like symptoms.
Call your medical provider or a medical clinic that is testing for COVID-19. Let them know you have COVID-19-like symptoms and ask to be tested for COVID-19. Your medical provider may want to see you in person, make sure to wear a mask to your appointment. Be sure to access medical care if you begin to feel worse or if it is an emergency.
Get tested. People with mild symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested to see if they have the virus, you can go through your medical provider or contact one of the health centers that is testing for COVID-19. Access the Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Testing in Oregon website to find a testing center near you or call 211 Information. Using the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon website will be the best way to access current information on testing locations in Jackson County.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands immediately. If you do not have tissues, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
Wash your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wear a mask. When you leave your home to access medical care and when you go to get tested.
For urgent and life threatening-medical needs, call 9-1-1 right away!
Guidance on when to test and which test to use
- If you are well enough to stay home and don’t have risk factors for serious disease, you do not need to test for COVID-19. Stay in communication with your medical provider.
- To help make a diagnosis of COVID-19, you may use a PCR or antigen test.
- If a test is required to return to work, only use an antigen test. PCR tests can stay positive even when you are no longer infectious.
There is specific guidance for certain people including health care workers and students. Check with your employer or school.
* Unvaccinated, Age > 65, comorbidities
** Longer if hospitalized or immunocompromised
Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Click on the link to place your order https://special.usps.com/testkits.
Where to Get Tested in Jackson County
Curative @ the Merrick
People will need to pre-register at www.curative.com, select book now, then select the appropriate location, and complete the registration process. For people who do not pre-register, they will need to do so onsite using a cell phone.
Test results will be provided in about 48 hours and will be delivered via text, email, or both.
- Location: 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford OR. 97501
- Type of Test: PCR
Oregon Health Authority @ the Jackson County Expo
Walk-in testing option. People can register at https://labdash.net/, but registration is not required. Staff are on site to assist with any registration needs.
Providence Stewart Meadows Medical Center:
- Location: Drive-through testing site. 70 Bower, Medford OR.
- Type of Test: PCR and Antigen are available
- 210 E Barnett Rd., Medford
- 2280 W. Main St., Medford
- 433 N Front St., Central Point
Valley Immediate Care:
- 1700 E. Barnett, Medford
- 1600 Delta Waters Suite 107, Medford
- 1401 Siskiyou Blvd. Suite 1, Ashland
Rite Aid: 636 N. Main St., Phoenix
La Clinica Testing Information: https://laclinicahealth.org/services/medical/covid-19-vaccination/