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COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure

The symptoms of COVID can be very mild and mistaken for other illnesses such as allergies, a cold, or a sinus infection. If you  concerned about your symptoms or a COVID exposure, there are some immediate things that you can do including completing an online  symptom checker and following the guidance below.*

Please Note: This information does not replace routine testing requirements which some people are subject to.

If you are having symptoms here are steps to take:

  1. Stay home and isolate yourself from others, preferably at home if you live on campus.
  2. Complete Hawk Check.  A member The COVID Response Team will contact you, please answer your phone.
  3. Get a COVID test either a rapid test or PCR

How to get a COVID test:

  1. For COVID-19 Testing on campus, please visit the On-Campus COVID-19 Testing website.  If you plan on being tested on campus at Webster Hall, you must complete a one-time registration.  If it is impossible for you to get tested on campus please get tested near you. Example: Walgreens, CVS, etc.
  2. The University offers no cost COVID Tests at Webster Hall Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Last test 15 minutes before closing.
  3. Students – upload your results to your MyHealth Portal.  Employees follow instructions from the COVID Response Team.
  4. Please wear a tight mask (KN-95 preferred) for the next 10 days until you receive your negative result. Please continue to do your Hawk Check everyday even if you are not coming to campus.

If you test POSITIVE for COVID here are the steps to take:

  1. Individuals who test positive for COVID (regardless of vaccination status) are required to isolate for a minimum of  5 days (Day 0 being symptom onset or positive test if asymptomatic). You may leave isolation on Day 6 as long as your test is negative,  symptoms are mostly improved/resolved and you have not had a fever within the previous 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. You will need to continue to wear a well-fitting mask (KN-95 preferred) around others for the full 10 days.
  2. Complete Hawk Check.  A member The COVID Response Team will contact you, please answer your phone.
  3. Notify your professors or your manager
  4. Monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms worsen while in isolation please contact your health care provider or call 911.

CDC Isolation guidelines can be found here: Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 | CDC

Here are the steps to take for a COVID exposure:

  1. Complete Hawk Check and follow the instructions provided.   You do not need to quarantine and may continue to come to campus as long as you do not have symptoms of illness.
  2. Please go for COVID testing (either a PCR or rapid test) on Day 6 after the exposure , not sooner.
  3. If you test positive or develop symptoms, follow the instructions above.