As more Iowans begin resuming normal everyday life with continued social interactions despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics is wanting residents to understand the processes that will follow if they contract COVID-19. Knoxville Hospital and Clinics CEO Kevin Kincaid tells KNIA/KRLS News if a person’s test comes back positive they should be expecting multiple phone calls. Kincaid says residents will get a call from their health care provider regarding the outcome of their test. He wants residents to understand they will also receive a call from the Department of Public Health following a positive test so the department can conduct their contact tracing procedures to help determine who else may have been exposed. Kindcaid wants residents to know that the Department of Public Health is under the same strict guidelines regarding confidentiality and they are there to help. He says they will protect your privacy to the very best of their ability. 

According to the CDC symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The latest list of symptoms associated with COVID-19 are, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. 

In addition to the symptoms, the CDC recommends people seek emergency care if they have any trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake and bluish lips or face.