Positive Test Information
Antiviral Treatment Program
Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Treatment Telehealth Program provides free, easy access for Wisconsinites to health care consultation, screening, and prescriptions for COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments. Call 1-833-273-6330 or visit the Color Website.
If you received a positive COVID-19 test result from a PCR, antigen rapid test, or at-home COVID-19 test, please read below for guidance.
Your isolation is based on symptoms.
If you have symptoms remain in isolation for:
- At least 5 days after the date you first had symptoms and
- At least 24 hours after you are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved and
- You should continue to wear a mask around others through Day 10 from symptom onset.
If you do not have symptoms:
- Remain in isolation for at least 5 days after your test date and
- You should continue to wear a mask around others through Day 10 from your positive test date.
Isolation will require you to stay home which means do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolation is not optional. You must separate yourself from other people in your home, avoid sharing personal household items, wear a face mask if you need to be around other people, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, and wash your hands often. During your isolation, you must monitor for fever and symptoms twice a day at least 8 hours apart. Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of isolation.
Portage County is functioning under crisis standards of practice for COVID-19 contact tracing. We are unable to reach out to all positive cases and close contacts. We are requesting that you notify and instruct anyone you had close contact with from 2 days before symptoms began or, if no symptoms, 2 days before being tested through the end of your isolation. Close contacts from your infectious period will not be addressed by Portage County. We are also requesting you inform your employer and/or school of your test results.
Please be aware that individual schools and businesses may have their own policies with regard to isolation/quarantine that may be more restrictive. The information provided within this letter is the minimum recommendations based on current guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Do not go to any medical appointments/visits without calling ahead and informing them you are in isolation. Please contact your medical provider if you have worsening symptoms. If you need to call 911 for emergency assistance, please let dispatch know that you are in isolation for COVID-19. Get medical attention immediately if you experience: trouble breathing, persistent or severe chest pressure or pain, confusion, or inability to rouse (wake), bluish lips/face, and/or any other severe decline in condition.
If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to call 715-345-5350 option 8 and ask to speak with a public health nurse or Email Public Health Department. If you have additional needs during your isolation, please call 211 for resources available.
You should still get a vaccine even if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 before.
Places available for COVID-19 testing:
- Family Health La Clinica (Mondays to Fridays only)
- UWSP Community COVID-19 Testing (through March 31, 2022) Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. Science Building Room C124, By appointment only, schedule tests at the COVID Appointment Website.
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Monitoring Resources which include fact sheets for positive cases and as well information for close contacts.
- DHS Guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.
- Visit the DHS Website for more information.
- CDC Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Visit the CDC Website for more information.
- Well Badger Resource Center
- To request a COVID–19 vaccination or for more information on COVID–19, visit the COVID-19 Page.
Call 715-345-5350 option 8 and ask to speak with a public health nurse or Email Public Health Department for further assistance.