You marked a potentially concerning symptom - Do you need medical care?
Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, mental confusion, inability to wake, or a grey/blue coloring to the skin, lips or nails can be indicative of more severe illness. If you are experiencing these symptoms currently, we strongly encourage you to reach out to a medical provider.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.
If you doctor at Mayo, you can call the Mayo nurse line at: 608-785-0940
If you doctor at Gundersen, you can call the Gundersen nurse line 24/7 at: 608-775-4454.
If you doctor at AdvendHealth, you can call the AdventHealth main line at: 715-672-4211.
If you do not currently have a healthcare system but need medical care, you can go to the ER/urgent care at any healthcare system. Wear a mask and let them know by phone or when you arrive that you have COVID-19 and need medical attention.
Isolation Guidance for You (The Case)
How Does COVID-19 Spread: COVID-19 is spread from one person to another through body fluids like saliva that come out of your mouth and nose when breathing, talking, singing, coughing or sneezing. It is very easy to spread, which makes it very important that you stay away from other people while you get better.
This is why you must stay in isolation. Isolation means that you do not leave you house, unless you need medical care. If you live with other people, you should stay away from them as much as possible. Have food dropped of at your door if possible. If you need to go into parts of your home that are shared spaces, wear a mask at all times. If you use a common space such as a bathroom or kitchen, you should wipe down all surfaces with a cleaning product after you use it. You must stay in isolation even if you feel better.
Do not end your isolation until you are told it is safe to do so.
When to End Isolation: Consistent with CDC and WI DHS guidance (updated 12/27/2021), when you can end isolation depends on if you are able and willing to wear a mask.
If you are able and willing to wear a mask in public, you may end isolation when:
If you are not able or willing to wear a mask in public, you may end isolation when:
Please use the following link to help calculate your last day of isolation: https://doh.sd.gov/covid/calculator/
When to Get Medical Help: If you experience a worsening of symptoms and/or find it difficult to breathe, you should seek medical care. It is important that you call ahead to indicate that you are positive for COVID-19; they will have you go to a special entrance. If you need to call 911, be sure to indicate that you need medical care but that you are positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation at your home. They will send a special ambulance that will safely transport you to the hospital.
The Buffalo County Health Department wishes you a speedy recovery. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.
Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts & Household Members
What Your Household Members/Close Contacts Should Do: Someone is considered "contagious" starting 2 days before their symptoms started or 2 days before their test was done if they hadn't yet developed symptoms. Anyone who has had direct contact with you for any length of time (a hug, kiss, high five, etc.), or who was within 6 feet of you for 15 minutes or more, while you were contagious is considered "exposed."
Whether or not someone must quarantine, and the the length of a person's quarantine, depends on their vaccination status and whether or not they have symptoms.
A fully vaccinated person who has had a booster shot, or who does not yet need a booster shot (was vaccinated < 6 months ago with Moderna, < 5 months ago with Pfizer, or < 2 months ago with J&J):
A person who is NOT fully vaccinated, or is eligible for a booster shot but has NOT had one (was fully vaccinated > 6 months ago with Moderna, > 5 months ago with Pfizer, or > 2 months ago with J&J, and hasn't had a booster):
Please use the following link to help your close contacts calculate their last day of quarantine: https://doh.sd.gov/covid/calculator/
Thank you for notifying your close contacts of their exposure. If they have any questions or concerns, please direct them to call the Buffalo County Health and Human Service's main line at 608-685-4412 or email email@example.com.
The Buffalo County Health Department tries to reach all high-risk close contacts. "High risk" includes household members, significant others, and individuals with prolonged exposures who are at high risk of severe disease. We are not able to call all close contacts during times with high case numbers. For this reason, please notify your own close contacts. Information about how to do so - including a resource that will allow you to notify them anonymously - can be found here:
Next Steps: I tested positive for COVID-19. What can I do to help notify my close contacts of their exposure?
Next Steps: Close Contacts of Someone with COVID-19
This form is only for people who test positive for COVID-19 and are living in Buffalo County. If you have questions about an exposure, being tested, or have a question about something else, please call the health department's main line at (608) 685-4412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you have any questions or concerns, please call the health department's main line at (608) 685-4412 or email email@example.com. To learn more about current quarantine and isolation guidance, please visit this webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html