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OHIO COVID-19 Protocol: Positive, Symptomatic, or Exposed

The following guidance covers the steps you should take if you:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • are experiencing symptoms
  • have been exposed to a COVID-positive person

If you are unsure which protocol applies to you or have any COVID-related questions, contact COVID Operations at 1-740-566-8445 or COVIDoperations@ohio.edu.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19

Contact OHIO COVID Operations

  • If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, decreased awareness, difficulty staying awake, or bluish lips or face, call 911.  
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, but they are NOT acute as described above, call OHIO COVID Operations to report your positive status: 1-740-566-8445. An OHIO COVID Campus Liaison (CCL) will advise you on further steps.
  • If you test positive through OHIO’s Vault Health testing program, you do not need to call COVID Operations; a CCL will reach out to you.
  • A positive test will be treated as such, and subsequent re-tests – even if negative – will not negate the need to isolate.

Get the care you need

  • A CCL will follow up with your recovery progress and advise when you are able to return to work/school.

  • If you have further questions about your symptoms or for further evaluation of symptoms and treatment recommendations:

    • Students, contact Campus Care at 740-592-7100. 

    • Faculty and staff, call your primary provider or nearest urgent care.

Notify Ohio University

  • Notify Ohio University of your need to isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19 with this COVID-19 Incident Report form. You will be assigned to a COVID Campus Liaison (CCL), who will connect you with appropriate campus services.

  • If living on campus, notify Housing and Residence Life immediately by emailing reslife@ohio.edu. Relocation to on-campus isolation housing will be communicated and coordinated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. 

  • Inform your instructor(s) and/or supervisor
    • Discuss options for learning/working remotely.
    • Students: make arrangements directly with your instructor(s) whenever possible—your CCL will help if needed.
    • Employees: contact your immediate supervisor; they, in conjunction with your unit head, will handle arranging teaching or work coverage.
    • Those who need additional assistance to work or study remotely should notify their CCL, who will connect the student or employee with appropriate services.
    • Students and employees who have a disability and need an accommodation should work with the Student Accessibility Services or Office of University Accessibility.
  • Prepare a list of potential contacts from the 48 hours prior to symptom onset until the time you began to isolate. This will help contact tracers

Isolate

  • Follow this isolation checklist.
    • Isolate yourself from the public and others in your living space. Do not go to class, work, the homes of others, or any other public places.
    • The decision to discontinue home isolation is a case-by-case basis situation. Your COVID Campus Liaison will advise when you are able to return to work/school.

If you are experiencing symptoms

Contact OHIO COVID Operations

  • If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, decreased awareness, difficulty staying awake, or bluish lips or face, call 911.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, but they are NOT acute as described above, call OHIO COVID Operations: 1-740-566-8445. An OHIO COVID Campus Liaison (CCL) will advise you on how to access symptomatic COVID-19 testing and next steps.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, DO NOT go to OHIO’s asymptomatic testing location (Vault Health). Call COVID Operations for information on obtaining a symptomatic test.

Get the care you need

  • The provider who places the order for your test will notify you of your results.

  • If your test is positive, your CCL will follow up with your recovery progress and advise when you are able to return to work/school. Follow the protocol for positive cases, above.

  • If you have further questions about your symptoms, call your primary care provider or nearest urgent care for further evaluation of symptoms and treatment recommendations. (Students in Athens may contact Campus Care at 740-592-7100.)

Notify Ohio University

  • Notify Ohio University of your need to isolate due to symptoms of COVID-19 with this COVID-19 Incident Report form. You will be assigned to a COVID Campus Liaison (CCL), who will connect you with appropriate campus services.
  • Inform your instructor(s) and/or supervisor.  
    • Discuss options for learning/working remotely.
    • Students: make arrangements directly with your instructor(s) whenever possible—your CCL will help if needed.
    • Employees: contact your immediate supervisor; they, in conjunction with your unit head, will handle arranging teaching or work coverage.
    • Those who need additional assistance to work or study remotely should notify their CCL, who will connect the student or employee with appropriate services.
    • Students and employees who have a disability and need an accommodation should work with the Student Accessibility Services or Office of University Accessibility.
  • Prepare a list of potential contacts from the 48 hours prior to symptom onset until the time you began to isolate. This will help contact tracer

Isolate

  • Follow this isolation checklist.
    • Isolate yourself from the public and others in your living space. Do not go to class, work, the homes of others, or any other public places.
    • The decision to discontinue home isolation is a case-by-case basis situation. Your COVID Campus Liaison will advise when you are able to return to work/school.

If you have been exposed to a COVID-positive person

Contact OHIO COVID Operations

  • Notify Ohio University COVID Operations of your need to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 with this COVID-19 Incident Report form, by emailing COVIDoperations@ohio.edu, or by calling 740-566-8445. You will be assigned a COVID Campus Liaison (CCL), who will advise on next steps.

Quarantine

  • If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, are not experiencing symptoms, and have selected the Vaccination Pathway in OHIO’s COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program, you are exempt from quarantine (per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  •  If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, follow this quarantine checklist.
    • Stay away from the public and others in your living space. Do not go to class, work, the homes of others, or any other public places.
    • You will need to quarantine until you have been cleared to return to school or work by COVID Operations. Contact your CCL with questions.
    • If you develop symptoms during quarantine, call OHIO COVID Operations at 740-566-8445 and see the symptomatic protocol, above. Your quarantine time may be extended.
 

Protocol for Vaccinated Individuals

If you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, visit this website to learn more about OHIO's protocols for vaccinated individuals. 

Information for Faculty & Staff

Expectations for faculty/staff when responding to COVID-related concerns of others

  • Advise those reporting to you to follow recommendations above.
  • Complete an COVID-19 Incident Report form regardless of whether you believe it has been previously reported by someone else. Do this for each person (faculty/staff/student) who reports their illness or exposure to you. A COVID Campus Liaison (CCL) will inform the supervisor, facilities management, UHR and co-workers when necessary.

  • Do NOT share personal identifying information regarding an individual except for with appropriate authorities (via the incident report form and your supervisor, as needed).

  • Faculty and staff do not need to monitor student compliance with Presidential Health Directives. However, the University does expect faculty and staff to report known cases and exposures via the Incident Report form.

  • Contact tracing will be completed by COVID Operations or the local health department, who will notify close contacts and provide specific instructions regarding quarantine. Do not attempt to perform contact tracing.

Protocol for classroom/space

  • Typically, Facilities Maintenance and Safety’s daily cleaning regimen, which follows CDC protocols, is sufficient.

  • If a room was contaminated by an actively sick individual (vomit, coughing on items, etc.), faculty and staff are expected to post appropriate signage for closing any related University spaces. Signage is available in each classroom and in each departmental main office.

  • A report using the COVID-19 Incident Report form will trigger the creation of a cleaning work order, if appropriate, as well as any necessary contacts to individuals who may have been exposed.

  • Spaces used by individuals who are COVID positive need additional cleaning only if someone was actively sick in the room. If the report comes in more than 24 hours after the incident, no additional cleaning is required.

  • Once the cleaning protocol is complete, the space may be reopened. Facilities Maintenance and Safety will remove the signs following cleaning and post a sign indicating the room is clean.

Role of COVID Campus Liaisons and the Incident Report form

  • A COVID Operations staff member reviews each COVID-19 Incident Report form, filters for duplicates, and triages next steps. Individuals are assigned a COVID Campus Liaison, who will be in contact to connect them with appropriate resources and services.
  • OHIO COVID Operations will analyze data from Incident Report forms to identify patterns and trends. This information will be used to make decisions regarding campus safety and to develop mitigation strategies.

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.