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I am experiencing symptoms that may be consistent with COVID19.

If you are symptomatic, please complete the Symptomatic Case Intake



  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose

*Please remember, if you believe that the symptoms you are experiencing are from a known condition (e.g. allergies) or chronic condition (e.g. asthma), you should not consider these as COVID-19 symptoms.


If you are experiencing only 1 symptom: Follow typical university sick policy and stay home when you’re sick.

  • What To Do Now: Stay home. There is no need to notify the COVID Response Center. Return 24 hours after your symptoms have improved and you are free of fever.

If you are experiencing 2 or more symptoms: Isolate. Confirmed negative test results will allow the COVID Response Center to clear you to return if your symptoms are improving and you are fever-free for 24 hours.

  • What To Do Now: Stay home. Complete the Symptomatic Case Intake to notify the COVID Response Center. At your option, schedule a rapid test with Occupational Health or complete an at-home test to confirm your COVID status. To request an on-campus rapid test, please reach out to If you opt to take a rapid, at-home test please upload a date-stamped picture to MobileMed.
  • When Can You Return?: Test negative on day 5 or later or Isolate for at least 10 days.
    • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and you have tested negative on day 5 or later.
    • If you are unable to test, choosing not to test, or tested positive on Day 5 (or later), isolation can end after Day 10 if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Please note, you will be provided clearance from the COVID Response Center via email. You are not cleared to return to campus until you have received clearance directly from the COVID Response Center.


I have tested positive for COVID19.

If you have tested positive for COVID19, please complete the COVID19 Positive Survey to notify the COVID Response Center.


You need to be isolated for a period of at least 5-10 days. Please wait for clearance from the COVID Response Center before returning to work or class.

You may be released from isolation after day 5 only if:

  • You have no symptoms or resolving symptoms AND
  • You have no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication AND
  • You have a negative antigen test collected on or after Day 5


You should NOT complete a PCR test for COVID-19 for 90 days following the date of your positive, as persistent or intermittent positive PCR tests do not correlate with symptoms or infectiousness. If you develop new symptoms within the next 3 months, COVID antigen testing is recommended instead (two tests, 24 hours apart).