The federal public health emergency responding to the COVID-19 pandemic expired on May 11, 2023. COVID-19 still is in circulation, and vaccines and treatments still remain available. The following information is meant to guide CU Medicine patients who have been exposed to or become ill with COVID-19.
Please call your provider or schedule a Virtual Visit if any of the following apply to you:
- New cough, fever of 100.4°F or greater, or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours OR
- Two or more of these symptoms that are new in the last 72 hours: Chills, muscle aches, severe headache, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell or loss of taste.
Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the emergency warning signs for COVID-19:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
What to Do If You Were Exposed to COVID-19
As of August 11, 2022, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends quarantine for people who have been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. However, CDC recommends that people who have been exposed still take precautions to protect others, such as masking around others for 10 days and getting tested five days after exposure.
What to Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19
Any positive COVID-19 test – whether a home test or a test taken by a healthcare provider – means the virus was detected and you have or recently had an infection.
- Isolate and take precautions, including wearing a high-quality mask or respirator, to protect others around you from getting infected.
- Tell people you had recent contact with that they may have been exposed.
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have any emergency warning signs, seek emergency care immediately.
- Contact a healthcare provider, community health center, or pharmacy to learn about treatment options that may be available to you. Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective.
You are more likely to get very sick if you are an older adult or have an underlying medical condition. Treatment is available. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine what is the best option for you.
We are monitoring insurance coverage guidance from Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Insurance Plans and will make best efforts to ensure our patients receive their maximum insurance coverage.
From all of us at CU Medicine, we thank you for the trust you place in us for your healthcare and we send well wishes to all in our community.