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Staying safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic continues to be an important and confusing issue for families trying to protect themselves.  We Care Manatee has put together some basic information for families to consider when trying to stay safe.


Not everyone needs to be tested.

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provide, or State Health Department

If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/STAY AT HOME until you get your test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.


It is important to remember that not everyone with Covid-19 will have symptoms, but if you have the following symptoms you should stay home to protect others.

  • Fever or feeling feverish (such as chills, sweating)
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Mild to moderate difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose

If you have any of these mild symptoms, only go outside to get medical care if symptoms get worse

Do not go to work, school, or public places such as grocery stores, pharmacies, or restaurants.

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom.

Do not use public transportation or ride-sharing apps

Consider delivery options for food or medicine

If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, WEAR A MASK.


All families should be prepared to stay at home.  Consider having supplies on hand in case you need to stay at home.

SAFETY CHECKLIST  – supplies you may need if you must stay at home
  • Face masks (disposable or cloth coverings) Contact We Care Manatee 941-755-3952 if you need a mask.
  • Disposable gloves
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer or access to soap and water
  • Thermometer to monitor your temperature.
  • Pulse Oximeter to check that you are getting enough oxygen (available at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc.)
  • Over the counter medication for pain, fever, cough, sore throat, or diarrhea & vomiting
  • Non-alcoholic drinks Gatorade (diluted with water), sugar-free popsicles, etc.
  • Household cleaning products
  • Clean sheets & towels
  • List of current medications
  • List of emergency contacts and people you can call to drop off supplies

Most people with COVID-19 will only have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.  Take care of yourself. Get rest and drink lots of (non-alcoholic) fluids


If things get worse, you may need to seek urgent care.  The following symptoms could be life threatening and should be taken seriously:

  • Bluish or pale lips or face
  • Severe and constant pain or pressure in the chest
  • Extreme difficulty breathing (such as gasping for air, being unable to talk without catching your breath, severe wheezing, nostrils flaring)
  • New confusion or disorientation (people notice that you are acting differently than normal)
  • Unconscious or very difficult to wake up
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking (new or worsening)
  • New or worsening seizures
  • Signs of low blood pressure (too weak to stand, dizziness, lightheaded, feeling cold, pale, clammy skin)
  • Dehydration (dry lips and mouth, not urinating much, sunken eyes)

If you have any of these symptoms SEEK MEDICAL CARE or call 911


If you have been exposed or have mild symptoms, don’t panic.  Most cases of Covid-19 are mild and do not require hospitalization.  If you have questions regarding the most up to date guidelines regarding testing, treatment and care, look at one of the resources below.

CDC – Centers for Disease Control

Manatee County Government

Manatee County Health Department