Updated COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - April 27, 2020

Virtual Town Hall -- April 9, 2020


Town Hall Slides

A message from our president and CEO, Joe Sluka

You're saving lives by staying home

Since my last message went out a week ago, hundreds of you have shared your words of thanks, encouragement and support. It means more than I can say that you find our information helpful during this time when we all must come together to face the common threat of COVID-19.

Your words and actions continue to give me hope that we will come through this together and we’ll be stronger as a community when we reach the other side.

Our team has noticed some trends in the questions we receive – through our telephone hotline, email responses, social media posts and more. Here are some of the themes and the best answers we have as of today.

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St. Charles asks for public’s help with donating personal protective equipment

We're asking for the public’s help with donations of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE).

Hospitals around the country are facing critical shortages of such supplies due to COVID-19 pandemic-related interruptions in manufacturing and distribution as well as a dramatic increase in global demand. As a result, St. Charles is actively working to both conserve and to acquire more protective equipment for its caregivers and patients.

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COVID-19 hotline

Do you have questions about COVID-19 and, in particular, questions related to our services at St. Charles? Call our hotline at 541-699-5109.

St. Charles clinical caregivers and our partners at Deschutes County Health Services are here and ready to answer your call. The hotline is available to individuals in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

What does "presumptive positive" mean?

The patient tested positive for the virus by a public health lab, but has not been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.