You’ve gotten tested, so what’s next?
Scroll down to get expert advice about what to do next.
Haven’t been tested yet?
Visit the COVID-19 Testing Locations page to find a testing site that’s convenient for you.
If you have been told You Have COVID-19
NOTIFY your close contacts
- Alert people that you have been in close contact with while ill that you have tested positive.
- Tell them to self-isolate for 14 days.
- Ask them to monitor their health for signs of COVID-19.
CALL your local county health department
Call your local county health department or the COVID-19 Call Center for questions and additional guidance.
Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (available 24/7):
Contact Tracing: What to Expect
If you test positive for COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, a member of the Florida Department of Health may contact you. This process is called “contact tracing,” and it can save lives by identifying others who may have been exposed to the virus to slow its spread in our community.
Learn more about contact tracing
If you receive a call from a contact tracer after testing positive, you’ll be asked to recall everyone you have had close contact with while you may have been infected with COVID-19. That way public health staff can notify these contacts about potential exposure as quickly as possible. The contact tracers will not disclose your name to anyone else they contact. They may also help you understand your personal risk, answer questions about quarantining, how to monitor and manage symptoms, and/or community resources that are available while you are sick.
Contract tracers will NOT:
- Ask you for your birth date. However, they should already know this information and may ask you to verify it.
- Disclose the identity of the individual who tested positive who may have spread the virus.
Verify a contact tracer
If you want to verify that a caller is a legitimate contract tracer, call the Florida Department of Health at 305-470-5660
COVID positive? Sign up now to save lives with your plasma
Once you have recovered from COVID-19, you can help others still fighting the virus by donating your plasma. You may have heard about COVID-19 convalescent plasma. It is a therapy that doctors are using to treat COVID-19 patients who are in the hospital with breathing problems. OneBlood is our local blood center and they are urgently seeking convalescent plasma from people like you. They can’t make this plasma in the lab – it can only be provided by people who have recovered from COVID-19. We strongly encourage you click here to learn more and to please consider donating your plasma once you’ve recovered. You can save a life in only a few minutes.
Are you an employer? Learn more
You can also play an important role in the contact tracing process. View the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund’s guidance for workplaces to learn more.