Testing and Self-Monitoring
All faculty, staff and students are required to self-monitor for symptoms.
All faculty, staff and students are required to conduct symptom self-monitoring each day by completing a daily wellness survey. You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to report to campus.
At this time, symptoms for COVID-19 include one or more of the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New gastrointestinal symptoms
- New loss of taste or smell
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, do not report to campus for work or class. Students should call WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200. Employees should contact their primary care physician or WVU Medicine’s COVID-19 phone number at 304-598-6000 (Option 4).
Who Will be Tested
Ongoing testing will focus on three major areas:
- Rapid testing for anyone who exhibits any symptoms.
- Frequent, ongoing testing for groups that may be at higher risk, such as those living in residence halls, those participating in athletics and those in the performing arts.
- Ongoing surveillance testing throughout the campus community during the school year.
While COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, the best evidence indicates that the disease is unlikely to spread through casual contact.
The goal of contact tracing is to identify, through a series of interviews, those individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
In these situations, close contact includes:
- Having been within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for a period of at least 15 minutes in any environment, regardless of the use of face coverings or masks; or,
- Living in the same household as a person with COVID-19
- Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)
What to Do If ...
When to Quarantine
- You must quarantine if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
- Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, all those who are known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should undergo a 14-day quarantine/monitoring period.
- Contacts of contacts (e.g., secondary contacts), or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, are generally not felt to be at high risk of infection.
- Therefore, unless the health department identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, the University will not seek to identify casual contacts or secondary contacts.
- Units may advise employees and students to monitor their own health for the development of any symptoms, but quarantine procedures are not required for these types of contacts.
What to do if You're in Quarantine
- All WVU community members are required to report if they are quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19.
- Students who become aware outside of the University that they have had a positive exposure, are a close contact or are instructed to quarantine by a physician should also notify the CARE Team for all necessary resources.
- Individuals who meet the criteria for close contacts may be released from quarantine if they have no symptoms for a 14-day period.
- Supervisors and WVU Medical Management will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.
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