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COVID-19 Testing

Free at-home COVID-19 tests are now available for U.S. households to order. Fill out this form to order four free tests. 

COVID-19 at-home tests are one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19.

Faculty, staff and students are responsible for reporting a positive case diagnosis by submitting the COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.

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:

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; and/or,
  • Diarrhea.

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). 

If you test positive | If you were exposed | If you are feeling sick | Calculating Isolation or Quarantine 

 

If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status – Isolate

  • Stay home! DO NOT go to work, school or public areas, except to get medical care.
  • Notify the UCO COVID-19 Response Team 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; and,
    • Housing staff can coordinate meal delivery to you.
  • If you are an employee on campus, notify your supervisor.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home until:

  •  Five days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
  • If fever is present, continue to stay home until 24 hours has passed since fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications; and,
  • Symptoms 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.

 If you never have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home until:

  • Five days have passed since the date your COVID-19 test was collected; and,
  • No COVID-19 symptoms have developed since you were tested.

 If symptoms develop, it is recommended you follow the criteria for someone with COVID-19 symptoms.

Once you have met the above criteria, you are considered released from isolation and can resume normal activities, but it is recommended that you wear a mask for an additional five days when around other people. 

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 – Quarantine

If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not having any symptoms, it is recommended to choose one of the following actions based on your vaccination status.

  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team 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:

  • Have been boosted;
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months; or,
  • Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months.

Wear a mask around others for 10 days from your last date of exposure or test on day five from your exposure.

If you develop symptoms get tested and stay home.

If you:

  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago and are not boosted;
  • Completed the primary series of J&J more than two months ago and are not boosted; or, 
  • Are unvaccinated.

It is recommended you stay home for five days from your last date of exposure. After that continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

If you can’t quarantine, it is recommended that you wear a mask for 10 days from your last date of exposure. Test on day five from your exposure.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

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 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; and,
  • If you're an employee on campus, notify your supervisor.

If you have covid-19 symptoms, Stay home until:

  • Five days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
  • If fever is present, continue to stay home until 24 hours has passed since fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications; and,
  • Symptoms are improving.

If you never have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home until:

  • Five days have passed since the date your COVID-19 test was collected; and,
  • No COVID-19 symptoms have developed since you were tested.

If symptoms develop, it is recommended you follow the criteria for someone with COVID-19 symptoms.

Once you have met the above criteria, you are considered released from isolation and can resume normal activities, but it is recommended that you wear a mask for an additional five days when around other people.

Calculating Isolation or Quarantine 

  • Day your symptoms started - day zero
  • Day you tested - day zero
  • If you tested, without symptoms, and are awaiting a result and now have an onset of symptoms, your day zero will now be the day your symptoms started
  • Last day of exposure - day zero