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What to Do If: You May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

If you believe or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please use the following guidance.

Contact Tracing

If You've Had Close Contact With Someone Who's Tested Positive

If you come into close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past two weeks, you are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

In this situation, you will likely be considered a “close contact” during contact tracing efforts and be given medical advice from your local health department on next steps, which will likely be to quarantine for 14 days, which means to avoid contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days.

However, until you receive that guidance, you should do the following:

  • Quarantine for 14 days, including staying away from people as much as possible.
  • Routinely use masks and/or face coverings.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Please note that those who feel they have been exposed to COVID-19 may not immediately be asked to be tested for COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms during quarantine, check what to do if you become symptomatic of COVID-19.

After the 14-day quarantine period, if you are asymptomatic, you can return to normal activities.

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If You're Exposed to Someone Who's Potentially Positive

If you believe or know you have been exposed to someone who is potentially positive and is waiting to be tested for COVID-19 or someone who is potentially positive and is waiting on COVID-19 test results, you are at a medium risk of contracting COVID-19.

In this situation, you may not yet know as to whether you are determined to be a “close contact” but should do the following until additional guidance is provided:

After the 14-day period, if you are asymptomatic, you can return to normal activities.

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If You're Exposed to Someone Who May Have Been Exposed

If you believe you have been exposed to someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are at a lower risk of contracting COVID-19.

In this situation, you should do the following:

  • Routinely use masks and/or face coverings.
  • Practice safe physical distancing.
  • Monitor your symptoms for 14 days.

If you develop symptoms, check what to do if you become symptomatic of COVID-19.

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If You Become Symptomatic

While in any of these scenarios, if you become symptomatic of COVID-19:

  • You should isolate, which means to avoid contact with others, and call for medical advice.
    • 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).

If Your Symptoms Become Severe

  • You should seek immediate medical attention; if you are having breathing problems, extremely high body temperature or other acute symptoms, you should call 911.
  • Please let them know that you are in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 and be sure to wear a mask/face covering if emergency medical services attend to you in any way.

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Important information

If Your Situation is Not Covered Here

If your situation is not covered in the guidance above:

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Key Contacts

The following offices and numbers are groups you may contact during this process:

  • WVU Medicine Student Health: 304-285-7200
  • WVU Medicine: 304-598-6000 (Option 4)

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We’ll be adding information on different topics throughout the fall, so check this site frequently for updates. If you can’t find the info you need, submit a question or email returntocampus@mail.wvu.edu.

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