- Isolate least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset (or if the infected person does not develop symptoms) and
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms have improved. (Updated December 3, 2020)
*A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days, that may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset. Consider consultation with infection control experts. See Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (Interim Guidance).
- All family members or household members should quarantine. CDC recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, CDC now presents shorter quarantine options as acceptable alternatives. (Updated December 2, 2020)
- Positive cases must call all their contacts.
- Notify your employer by phone or email. Do not ask to see them in person or visit your workplace since this could expose other individuals to Covid-19.
- Take care and do what you can to recover at home. Hospitals should be reserved for more severe cases (See below). Monitor your symptoms closely.
- Once you have recovered, please Donate Covid-19 Blood Plasma. A recovered Covid-19 patient can save 2 lives by donating blood plasma. You may call the Coastal Bend Blood Center at (361) 855-4943 or request assistance from Nueces County at (361) 888-0264.
Take Recommended Vitamins
The vitamins listed below are recommended to help with overall health, especially for those who are battling COVID-19.
- Vitamin C: 500 mg BID or 1000 mg daily
- Quercetin 250-500mg twice a day
- Zinc 75-100 mg/day
- Melatonin (slow release): Begin with 0.3mg and increase as tolerated to 2mg at night
- Vitamin D3: 1000-4000 u/day
- Optional: Famotidine 20-40mg/day
When to Go to the Hospital
Look for emergency warning signs* for Covid-19. If you or someone in your household is showing any of these signs below, seek emergency medical care immediately.
- Trouble breathing. If you are struggling to breath after normal activities like walking to another room or if you are unable to finish a sentence without needing to stop to catch your breath, these are signs of a more serious condition affecting your lungs.
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
- New confusion. If being disoriented or confused is uncharacteristic of someone you are caring for.
- Inability to wake up or stay awake.
- Blue face or lips. If your face or lips are turning blue, that's a sign of hypoxia, or a lack of enough oxygen.
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Source: CDC
NOTICE: Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility. If you call 911, notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have Covid-19. If possible, it is best if the person needing care can meet the EMS outside. If someone is driving the person needing care to the hospital, open the windows of the vehicle to allow for better ventilation and be sure that you both wear a mask in the car. Call the hospital before entering the building.
Picking Up Medication at Your Pharmacy
If you have tested positive DO NOT go to your local pharmacy to pick up your medicine in person. Have a family member or friend pick up your medication for you. If you must pick up yourself and your pharmacy has a drive-thru, this is also an acceptable way to pick up. Call the pharmacy ahead to see if they have a drive-thru or if they can take it out to your car. Explain that you are Covid-19 positive and do not want to expose anyone in the pharmacy. Some pharmacies also offer delivery to your home by mail. Ensure that you will receive your medication soon enough if using this option.
Grocery Delivery Services
Disclaimer: The businesses linked below are not endorsed by the City of Corpus Christi and are provided for informational purposes only.
Browse H-E-B products at your nearest H-E-B that offers curbside and delivery services. Browse by department - see & compare prices, store availability, and add items to your grocery shopping list.
Wal-Mart's pickup and delivery services offer safe shopping practices. For delivery, they will bypass the signature, asking delivery drivers to simply leave the order on customers’ doorsteps.
For Sam's Club Members, curbside Pickup is a free service that lets you shop your club and pick up your order, all without leaving your car. Shop online or in the Sam's Club app. When your order is ready, just head to the club and check in via text or app. Park in a curbside Pickup spot, and we'll load your car for you.
If you have a positive test result from ANY source, please call (361) 826-8019 to make an appointment with the COVID-19 Clinic. The COVID-19 Clinic can help you to manage your symptoms. Staff at the COVID-19 Clinic are trained to
• Act as your case manager
• See you in person
• See you through telehealth services
• Help answer questions
• Advise as to when a hospital visit may be needed