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What to do if you're sick

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

The university will continue to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in consultation with UI experts.

What to do if you're sick

  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.

 

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

Students

  1. Self-report via the university's online system using this link 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 covering, and order your meals online until a member of the Housing & Dining team contacts you to discuss your relocation needs and next steps.
  3. Self-isolate until you meet Centers for Disease Control (CDC) criteria to discontinue self-isolation:
    • 10 days since first symptoms
    • At least 24-hours with no fever (without fever reducing medication) and
    • Symptoms improved
  4. Inform close contacts and assist the Johnson County Health Department with contact tracing.

    Employees

    1. Self-report via the university's online system using this link using this link and monitor your email for additional instructions.
    2. Communicate with your supervisor to report sick leave.
    3. Self-isolate until you meet Centers for Disease Control (CDC) criteria to discontinue self-isolation:
      • 10 days since first symptoms
      • At least 24-hours with no fever (without fever reducing medication) and
      • Symptoms improved
    4. Inform close contacts and assist the Johnson County Health Department with contact tracing.

      What to do if you may have been exposed

      Please follow this guidance if you have been told that you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

      What counts as a close contact?

      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.

      When should I fill out the Self-Reporting Form?

      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

      Frequently Asked Questions

       

      1. Follow the guidance of the local public health department related to seeking medical evaluation and possible quarantine. 
      2. Self-report via the university's online system using this link and monitor your email for additional instructions. DO NOT complete the self-reporting form until you have talked with a health care provider about a positive test or you have been contacted by public health as a close contact.
      3. If you are an employee, notify your supervisor and human resources that you are quarantining and work remotely if possible. 
      4. 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 covering, and order your meals online until a member of the Housing & Dining team contacts you to discuss your relocation needs and next steps.
        • Students living on campus will quarantine in a designated area coordinated by UH&D.
        • Students living off campus should quarantine in their residence.
      5. Quarantine until you meet CDC guidelines to end quarantine
      6. Self-monitor for symptoms. If you begin to have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, stay home and follow the guidance at the top of this page that describes what to do if you get sick.

        Isolation and quarantine for students

        The university will provide isolation space for students diagnosed with COVID-19 who live in residence halls and space to quarantine close contacts.

        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 covering, and order your meals online until a member of the Housing & Dining team contacts you to discuss your relocation needs and next steps.

        Students who live off campus and need to isolate or quarantine, should follow CDC guidance.

        Medical care will be provided virtually by Student Health, the provider who made the diagnosis, or the student’s personal primary care provider.

        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.

        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.