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OHIO COVID-19 Protocol: What to do if you test positive, experience symptoms, or are exposed to COVID-19

If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, decreased awareness, difficulty staying awake, or bluish lips or face, call 911.

Positive

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, follow all of these steps: 

  1. Call OHIO COVID Operations at 1-740-566-8445 or complete a COVID-19 Incident Report form. An OHIO COVID Campus Liaison (CCL) will advise you on further steps. 
  2. Stay home and isolate. Do not attend class or any other activities. You will get more details on how to isolate when you speak with a CCL.  
  3. If you need medical assistance:  
    • Athens-campus based students: call Campus Care at 740-592-7169.
    • All other students, faculty, and staff: contact your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, a CCL can advise you on options in your area. 
  4. Participate in automated text-based symptom monitoring, if invited. You will receive instructions via email and text. 

Symptomatic

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, follow all of these steps:

  1. Call OHIO COVID Operations at 1-740-566-8445 or complete a COVID-19 Incident Report form. An OHIO COVID Campus Liaison (CCL) will advise you on further steps. 
  2. Get tested. Contact a healthcare provider to arrange a test/provider visit: 
    • Athens-campus based students: call Campus Care at 740-592-7169. 
    • All other students, faculty, and staff: contact your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, a CCL can advise you on options in your area. 
  3. Stay home and avoid others until you have either received a negative test result or spoken with a CCL. If necessary, you'll get more details on how to safely isolate when you speak with a CCL. 
  4. If you need medical assistance:  
    • Athens-campus based students: call Campus Care at 740-592-7169.
    • All other students, faculty, and staff: contact your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, a CCL can advise you on options in your area. 

Exposed

If you are exposed to COVID-19, follow all of these steps: 

Fully Vaccinated Individuals 

In accordance with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals who have a known exposure to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine but are required to: 

  1. Call OHIO COVID Operations at 1-740-566-8445 or complete a COVID-19 Incident Report form. 
  2. Schedule and complete an asymptomatic test through Vault Health on day five post exposure. (The last date of exposure is day zero.)
  3. Participate in automated text-based symptom monitoring. You will receive instructions via email and text.  
  4. Upload your vaccine card if you haven’t already, through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program

Unvaccinated Individuals 

  1. Call OHIO COVID Operations at 1-740-566-8445 or complete a COVID-19 Incident Report form. An OHIO COVID Campus Liaison (CCL) will advise you on further steps. 
  2. Stay home and avoid others until you have spoken with a CCL. If necessary, you'll get more details on how to safely quarantine when you speak with a CCL. 
  3. If you are experiencing symptoms or need medical assistance:
    • Athens-campus based students: call Campus Care at 740-592-7169.
    • All other students, faculty, and staff: contact your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, a CCL can advise you on options in your area. 

If you have any COVID-related questions, contact COVID Operations at 1-740-566-8445 or COVIDoperations@ohio.edu

Definitions

 

COVID-19 symptoms: The list of symptoms is rapidly evolving and are frequently updated. The list as of this writing are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

COVID positive: A person becomes a confirmed positive case when given a positive test result.

COVID exposure: Close contact: A close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before the positive individual’s illness onset (or, for asymptomatic people, two days prior to their test).

Contact tracing: There are two parts to contact tracing. 1) Case Investigation: A case (someone who has tested positive or is presumed positive) is called by a COVID Campus Liaison (CCL) or contact tracer. The CCL or contact tracer will inquire about symptoms and all people who may have been exposed (by close contact definition above) during the period that the case was infectious. Those individuals are defined as contacts. The CCL contact tracer will ask for contact details so they can call people who may be at risk. Cases will be asked to isolate. 2) Contact call: All people identified as contacts during the case investigation will receive a call from the contact tracer. They will ask contacts about symptoms and inform them of the need to quarantine. The name of the person who tested positive will not be shared with the contact(s).

Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Isolation: Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.