What local health networks say you should do if you think you have COVID-19

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — As more cases of COVID-19 pop up, it's important to know what to do if you think you have it.

Coronavirus symptoms most commonly include fever, shortness of breath and (dry) cough.

Other symptoms could include: fatigue, achiness, nasal congestion, sore throat and diarrhea. Those symptoms are common to the flu and common cold.

If you're having one of those symptoms and feel you should be tested for coronavirus, here's what each of the hospital networks suggest you do:

Community Health Network

Call your doctor or the ISDH line dedicated to coronavirus concerns and testing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 317-233-7125 or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov. After hours please call 317-233-1325. They can also call 317-621-5500 to find out next steps.

IU Health

If someone thinks they should be tested, they should first get screened through the IU Health Virtual Clinic, which is free. People can also call their primary care physician.

IU Health will facilitate testing and next steps in collaboration with the ISDH. Testing is generally done in the nearest ER.

Eskenazi Health

Eskenazi Health is encouraging anyone who wants to be tested to contact their primary care provider. Eskenazi can do so via phone or through MyChart. A physician will be able to assist with next steps.

St. Vincent

Anyone with a fever, cough or other respiratory symptom should call 317-338-CARE before visiting an Ascension St. Vincent facility, so they can be screened by one of the hospital's nursing professionals.

There are currently more than 1,200 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and no vaccine or treatment. The best way to prepare and protect yourself is to avoid exposure. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following to prevent getting COVID-19:

  • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick
  • Not touching your eyes, mouth or nose, especially with unwashed hands
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.