Symptoms & Testing

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, follow the CDC's Isolation guidance and use their quick calculator to determine if you need to isolate and what other steps to take to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, and new loss of taste or smell. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

COVID-19 testing is available throughout New Hanover County through local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other organizations.

New Hanover County Health and Human Services has free at-home COVID-19 testing kits available for pickup, Monday to Friday, 8 – 5, at 1650 Greenfield Street, Wilmington.

Visit to receive 8 free at-home COVID tests mailed to your home. 

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.

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