Information and Updates
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COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

When to seek medical care

Most people who get COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home. See information from CDC about what to do if you are sick.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.

  • CSU students can call CSU Health Network at (970) 491-7121 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will discuss your symptoms to determine whether you should seek medical care and/or be tested for COVID-19, answer your questions and offer advice about home care and isolation.
  • Employees and community members should contact their healthcare provider.
  • Always call ahead before visiting your healthcare provider.

If someone is showing emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including but not limited to trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face, see emergency medical care immediately or call 9-1-1.

COVID-19 Testing

Widespread testing for current COVID-19 infection is available in Larimer County. The current recommendation from local and state public health is that all people with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested.

Many local healthcare providers, including CSU Health Network, can order tests for their patients.

CSU students can call (970) 491-7121 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. We will conduct a phone screening to determine if an in-person or tele-health appointment is most appropriate for you. Walk-in services are not available.

If you are an employee or community member, contact your local healthcare provider.

In addition, Larimer County Public Health provides drive-thru testing on Tuesdays and Fridays. Registration and screening are required. Learn more about Larimer County Public Health testing.

Antibody Testing

We are receiving requests from students for blood testing to see if they have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  This is also called serological testing.

The CDC has provided new interim guidance on the use of  SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing in the clinical setting. After reading these guidelines, if you have any questions about whether the testing is indicated for you, please call the CSU Health Network.

Please note, we do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 can protect someone from getting infected again or, if they do, how long this protection might last. Regardless of results, you should still take measures to protect yourself and others

Accessing CSU Health Network Services

Always call (970) 491-7121 before coming to CSU Health and Medical Center. Many services are currently provided by secure videoconference or phone. Limited in-person services are available.

Managing Fears and Anxiety

Simple and effective ways to manage your mental and emotional well-being during COVID-19.