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Important Update:

Consistent with revised CDC guidance, vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are recommended to wear a mask when in public indoor spaces where COVID-19 virus transmission is considered substantial or high.

Students, help Move the Needle on COVID-19 vaccinations.

COVID-19 Resources: COVID-19 Testing | Report Exposure/Positive Test | Vaccine Information | COVID-19 Website 

COVID-19 Symptoms | COVID-19 Testing | Campus and  COVID-19 

 

COVID-19 Symptoms

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

There is a wide range of symptoms associated with COVID-19 – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear two-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms include:

  • Fever 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

 

COVID-19 Testing

Your best first action is to contact your primary care physician for guidance on care of symptoms and help getting a test. They can help determine if testing is needed and help schedule a time and location for a test.

If you don’t have a primary care physician or want to get a test without a doctor’s referral, you can pursue it a number of ways – tests must be scheduled in advance after being screened based on your situation at all locations:

Follow CDC guidelines about when you should get tested.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines for Campus

Please note that these guidelines apply to ALL students, faculty and staff, whether on or off campus, and are subject to change at any time, based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

I've tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?

I have COVID-19 symptoms. What should I do?

I've been around someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to do anything?

I've tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?

  • Stay home! DO NOT go to work, school or public areas, except to get medical care.
  • Notify the UCO COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form
  • If you are a student, even if you are an off-campus student, notify your professors.
  • If you live on campus and cannot move off campus:
    • Notify your Housing building director, who will discuss any options that are available to allow you to temporarily isolate from others.
    • Do NOT go to other buildings.
    • Do NOT spend time around other people on campus.
    • Housing staff can coordinate meal delivery to you.
  • If you are an employee on campus, notify your supervisor.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, follow CDC guidelines on self-quarantine, personal health protection and when further action is needed.
  • Do not return to campus until:
    • After 10 days since your symptoms first appeared AND
    • You have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving – Please note that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

 

I think I have COVID-19 symptoms. What should I do?

If you're feeling under the weather and experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19:

  • Stay home! DO NOT go to work, school or public areas, except to get medical care and/or testing, according to your doctor’s advice.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.
  • If you are a student, even if you are an off-campus student, notify your professors.
  • If you are living on campus, notify your residence hall staff.
  • If you're an employee on campus, notify your supervisor.
  • Your doctor will ask you screening questions to help determine if testing is needed. If testing is not recommended, follow your doctor’s guidance. If you do not have a doctor or primary care physician, follow CDC guidelines about when to get tested.
  • Depending on the testing source it may take days to get results. Plan to be isolated at home while waiting for your results.
  • If test results are positive, follow the positive test protocol.
  • If you do not get a test at all, you can leave quarantine 10 days after your initial exposure, as long as you are not exhibiting any symptoms. 

 

I've been around someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to do anything?

If you've been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should do the following:

  • If you are unvaccinated, stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine but should get tested three to five days after your exposure, even if you don't have symptoms.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.
  • If you are a student, even if you are an off-campus student, notify your professors.
  • If you are living on campus, notify your residence hall staff.
  • If you're an employee on campus, notify your supervisor.
  • It is strongly recommended that you get a COVID-19 PCR test (not the rapid test),* three to five days after your exposure.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days following exposure.
  • If you are unvaccinated, remain isolated from others at home until test results are available. If you are fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.
  • If your results are positive, remain isolated and follow the positive test result protocol.
  • If your results are negative and you are unvaccinated, you can leave quarantine on the seventh day after exposure, as long as you are not exhibiting symptoms.
  • If your results are negative and you are fully vaccinated, no further action is needed.
  • If you do not get tested, you can leave quarantine 10 days after your initial exposure, as long as you are not exhibiting any symptoms.