Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a previously unidentified virus that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
Lakewood Health System has developed a task force that meets regularly to examine and work on preparations regarding the coronavirus, modifying plans based on cases that may develop by using recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They are considering all departments/service lines when making these plans. As with any infectious disease or emergent situation, we are being proactive to ensure we have the correct equipment, people and processes in place to best serve our patients and communities.
There is a FREE virtual visit available if you have concerns you may have symptoms of COVID-19. Visit our Click Care site.
Signs & Symptoms
For most healthy people, mild cases will have symptoms much like the common cold.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
We all know how to take care of mild cases—stay home, drink lots of fluids and curl up in bed for a few days. Things will generally get better with time and rest. If symptoms are worsening, you should contact your healthcare provider; otherwise, stay home until symptoms are fully cleared.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
(Information is courtesy of the CDC.)
If you have questions about COVID-19, call the Minnesota Hotline: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also visit the MDH website for FAQs.