Testing and Self-Monitoring
All faculty, staff and students are required to self-monitor for symptoms.
You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be on 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).
Contact Tracing and Quarantine
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 is defined as:
- Having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- A person can be determined a close contact up to 2 days before illness onset and/or test date of an infected person.
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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.
- You will have the opportunity to shorten your quarantine time to 10 days if you have no symptoms during the 10-day period, receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7 and follow all safety measures — including daily symptom monitoring — through day 14.
- If you are considered a close contact of someone who tests positive for a variant of COVID-19, you must quarantine for the full 14-day period due to added concern of increased transmission of variants.
- 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.
- Individuals who have received both doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic, are beyond two weeks following the receipt of their second vaccine and are within three months following the receipt of their second vaccine.
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 and employees should notify Shared Services at CareServices@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-6006.
- Be sure to answer or return all follow-up calls from WVU Shared Services (304-293-1003 and 304-293-6006).
- 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 after 10 days if they were not a close contact of someone who tested positive for a variant of COVID-19, have no symptoms during the 10-day period, receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7 and follow all safety measures — including daily symptom monitoring — through day 14.
- Supervisors and Shared Services will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.
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