COVID-19 Positive Diagnosis – Now What?
- This may be a worrying time for you and your family. Here are resources to help you better understand the course of a COVID-19 infection and when to seek help. You can expect to receive a call from Public Health. While you wait for a call, please make a list of your recent and close contacts and refer to Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Website for more information. Some patients with specific risk factors, and a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, may be enrolled in our COVID-19 Home Monitoring Program. Your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner will tell you more about this program if it is appropriate to you.
Even if you are considered low risk with only mild symptoms, tracking your symptoms is important!
Tracking your daily symptoms
- This can help you and your doctors make better decisions about whether a hospital visit is needed.
- To monitor COVID-19, it is important to mark your calendar at the first sign of illness, and regularly track your fever and oxygen levels.
- DAYS 5-10 OF COVID-19 ARE OFTEN THE MOST WORRISOME TIME FOR RESPIRATORY COMPLICATIONS, PARTICULARLY FOR OLDER PATIENTS AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING CONDITIONS LIKE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, OBESITY OR DIABETES.
- While at home, you can increase the flow of oxygen to your lungs by not resting on your back, as outlined in the proning resource document. Resting on your stomach can open parts of the lungs that are compressed when lying on your back. You can also change to resting on your left side or right side or sit upright in a chair. Learn more about proning here.
Learn more about COVID-19 SYMPTOM TIMELINE
*Reference: New York Times
Note: symptoms can appear at any time – always consult with a doctor or nurse practitioner for guidance about your specific case if needed.
Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if you feel that your condition is worsening!
Trying to get a vaccine?
Click on this link to access the Simcoe Muskoka Public Health Unit’s website for information on local options –> “Getting Your Vaccination“
COVID Home Monitoring Program
If you are on our COVID Home Monitoring Program, it is very important that you read all of the below resources so that you know exactly what to expect. If you are not on the program, you may still find some of these resources useful:
Patient At-Home Oxygen Monitoring Instructions – CLICK HERE
COVID Home Monitoring Program Timed Position Changes – CLICK HERE
COVID-19 Symptom Timeline – CLICK HERE
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team! Please use the form at bottom of the page.
Other School Information and Resources developed by SMDHU:
- COVID-19: SMDHU Supplemental Guidance Document For School Settings
- My child did not pass the COVID-19 daily screening. Now what? (includes return to school guidelines for students) – Revised October 5, 2020
- When COVID-19 symptoms develop at school or child care – Revised October 5, 2020
- School Protocol when Students, Staff or Visitors tests positive for COVID-19 – Revised October 5, 2020
- School Protocol When COVID-19 Outbreak is Declared – Revised October 5, 2020
- Return to School Protocol for Staff with COVID-19 Symptoms – Revised October 5, 2020
- Return to school attestation form – NEW: the health unit recommends that schools request that families, and staff/visitors complete this attestation form to support a safe return to school.
- The above resources have also been posted to the SMDHU website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19/Return-to-School for Administrators/Educators, families and health care partners. We encourage you to visit these pages often, as this information will be continually updated to reflect changes in provincial direction and our local context.
MORE PATIENT RESOURCES
- For Parents: Provincial COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care
- Helping your family prepare for back to school during a pandemic
- Self-Isolation Instructions (Public Health Ontario)
- Self-Monitor Instructions (Public Health Ontario)
- Caregiver Instructions (Public Health Ontario)
- How to wash your hands (Public Health Ontario)
- Cleaning and disinfecting for public settings (Public Health Ontario)
- A guide on how to sanitize your mobile phone and phone case.
- Online Exercise Resources
- COVID Community Resources- Wasaga, Stayner, Creemore, Collingwood
- Caregiver Resources
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