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Do Your Hawk Check

Posted in: COVID Information

One of the important tools we have in our work to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus is our self-screening tool Hawk Check. Hawk Check is an easy (and confidential) way to let the University’s health-care providers know if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

“Doing Hawk Check and staying home if you have symptoms has a positive cascading effect on our campus,” says Gregg Summerville, MD, our employee Occupational Health provider, who you may have talked to if Hawk Check flagged you. “1. It keeps our community safer so the virus doesn’t spread and fewer people get sick. 2. The campus is then more likely to stay open. 3. If fewer people are sick, then Occupational Health does not have to annoy you with phone calls about when you were last on campus and when did your symptoms start, etc, etc. So, please answer the Hawk Check promptly and accurately so we can keep our campus and our people safe.”

And as we return to campus, this is a reminder that all employees should take their Hawk Check assessment Monday through Friday – or any day that you come to campus. Staff who live on campus should do it seven days a week.

More reasons why doing Hawk Check is important for all of us:

  • It is one of the most important ways that our health-care providers find out about potential cases. Reporting your risks and symptoms accurately – and promptly – gives them a head start on helping keep the virus under control.
  • It provides important data about the health and well-being of the entire University community that our clinicians use to help keep the campus safe.
  • It allows University health professionals to provide support and guidance to all members of the campus community, whether they are working or learning on the campus or remotely.
  • It prompts all of us to give a moment’s thought each day to COVID symptoms, risk factors and reporting requirements.
  • It supports the University’s contact tracing efforts.
  • It is the most efficient way to gather necessary information without over-taxing the people who must collect, analyze and act on the data.
  • Doing Hawk Check is something we all do, not just for ourselves, but because it helps all of our fellow employees and students.
  • Hawk Check is designed to help you identify if you’ve experienced possible COVID-19 symptoms, been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or traveled to a COVID-19 hotspot.

“People doing their Hawk Check are like a team pulling on a common rope. We need everyone to participate,” Summerville says. “We need to pull in a common direction by reporting symptoms or positive tests. When we all work together, it makes the campus community a safer place to work and learn.”

For more information on Hawk Check visit our COVID-19 information website.