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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?


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:


Fever or chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


(Note: as researchers continually learn more about the Coronavirus, new symptoms may be added.  I’ll try to keep all information updated)










When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention:

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

Trouble breathing

Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

New confusion

Inability to wake or stay awake

Bluish lips or face

(*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.)


Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

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Who Should Get Tested:

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested.




PHARMACIES - Get A Test Kit:

You can purchase both flu and covid-19 test kits at most local pharmacies or check with your doctor's office.



Rhode Island Free Clinic

The Rhode Island Free Clinic (RIFC) offers walk-up and drive-through testing for COVID-19 at St. Joseph’s Hospital parking lot next to the Free Clinic at 647 Broad St. in Providence. Call the COVID-19 hotline at 401-92-COVID (6843) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to make an appointment. Testing is available to new and existing RIFC patients as well as uninsured adults Monday-Thursday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays. Services are available in multiple languages.


Thundermist Health Center

Thundermist Health Center is hosting a drive-thru and walk-up test site at 450 Clinton St. in Woonsocket. Call 401-767-4100 for more information and to make an appointment for testing. People do not need to be a patient of Thundermist Health Center to be eligible for testing; however, they must have an appointment. Bilingual English-Spanish interpretation services are available.


Transportation Help:  

MTM has supports in place to transport people enrolled in Medicaid and people who qualify for the Elderly Transportation Program (ETP) to COVID-19 testing sites. MTM will confirm that individuals:

   - are eligible for transport;

   - have an authorization for testing; and

   - have no other transportation options prior to scheduling a trip.

Eligible individuals can call: 1-855-330-9131 (TTY: 711) 

 This service is only available if no other transportation options are available.


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Information on Interpreting

COVID-19 Test Results:


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