SPRINGFIELD — If you begin to feel ill with symptoms that could be COVID-19, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is urging you to call your doctor’s office before going in. 



“If you go into the office without notice, you aren’t just potentially exposing yourself to COVID-19, you could be exposing others,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “In order to not spread the virus further, please call, so they can provide you with directions.”

If you feel sick, it is important you call your health care provider before going into the office. The health care provider will ask you about your symptoms and potential exposures. If they believe you need medical care, they will arrange treatment without putting other’s health at risk.

At this time, however, people with severe illness and those at higher risk of complications get priority when it comes to COVID-19 tests, according to the governor’s office.

Most people have mild symptoms, and the best thing they can do for themselves is isolate at home and follow the directive of their health care providers. 

“Please continue to take care of yourself and call your provider if you are ill,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

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