What to do if you get sick, test positive, or may have been exposed.

The university will continue to monitor local and national developments and rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health (IDPH, JCPH); the Big Ten Conference; and the CDC.

What to do if you're sick

Regardless of your vaccination status.

  1. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 stay home and isolate yourself from family, friends, and roommates as much as possible. If you develop symptoms while in class or on campus, go home or return to your dorm room.
  2. Call a health care professional who can assess your symptoms and risk factors and help you make a plan. DO NOT go to the emergency room unless you are having a medical emergency. You should not walk into any health care clinic if you suspect you have COVID-19, unless otherwise instructed to do so by a health care professional.
  3. Consult a health care provider to see if you need COVID-19 testing. DO NOT walk in to QuickCare, Student Health, any UI Health Care clinic, the State Hygienic Lab, or any emergency room.

 

COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever (temperature >=37.8 C or 100.0 F) or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

What to do if you test positive

Regardless of your vaccination status.

Students

  1. Self-report via the university's online system using this link and monitor your email for additional instructions.
  2. If you live on campus in a residence hall, self-reporting your status will initiate the process for arranging your isolation/quarantine space. Please self-isolate, wear a face mask, and order your meals online until a member of the Housing & Dining team contacts you to discuss your relocation needs and next steps.
  3. Follow self-isolation instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department. Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.
    What to do: 
    • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
    • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
    • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
    • Wear a mask when around other people if able.
  4. Inform close contacts and assist the local health department with contact tracing.

    Employees

    1. Self-report via the university's online system using this link and monitor your email for additional instructions.
    2. Communicate with your supervisor to report sick leave.
    3. Follow self-isolation instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department. Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.
      What to do: 
      • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
      • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
      • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
      • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
      • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
      • Wear a mask when around other people if able.
    4. Inform close contacts and assist the local health department with contact tracing.

      Self-reporting process for students

      Self-reporting process for employees

      What to do if you may have been exposed

      Please follow the latest isolation and quarantine recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Johnson County Public Health Department. Here is the current guidance:

      ISOLATION:  If You Test Positive for COVID-19

      Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

      • Stay home for 5 days.
      • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
      • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

      If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

      QUARANTINE: If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

      Fully Vaccinated

      (Have been boosted, completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months, or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months)

      • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
      • Test on day 5, if possible.

      If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

      Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

       (Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted, or completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted, or are unvaccinated)

      • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
      • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
      • Test on day 5 if possible.

      If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

      Common Questions

      The CDC defines close contact as:

      • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
      • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
      • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
      • You shared eating or drinking utensils.

      They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

      Faculty, staff, and students should fill out the self-reporting form if:

      • They have tested positive for COVID-19
      • They have been contacted by a public health agency and identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
      • They were told by someone that they were in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19

      Information for students living on campus

       

      Students who live on campus will receive detailed instructions on what to do next when they self-report a positive COVID-19 test or close contact. 

       

      Students should contact their front desk (https://housing.uiowa.edu/residence-halls) or email uhd-covid@uiowa.edu regarding clarity on instructions and any questions related to on campus living or dining needs.

       

      Students: Contact Student Health

      Consult with a medical professional who can assess your symptoms and risk factors and determine whether you need a COVID-19 test.

      Self-report

      Report positive test results, or that you’ve been identified as being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

      Employees: Contact a Health Care Provider

      Check your symptoms, talk to a medical professional, or schedule a video visit with the UI Hospitals & Clinics via MyChart.