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Testing, Tracing, and Quarantining

In addition to other behaviors, students are expected to report symptoms, be tested when indicated, follow isolation/quarantine requirements, and work with contact tracers when indicated.


To help prevent the spread of disease to others, we ask anyone with a fever or other symptoms to self-isolate and call the Ohio University COVID-19 Response Hotline at 877-OU-COV19 (877-682-6819).

Ohio University has partnered with OhioHealth to provide access to expanded services for students and employees during the pandemic. For more information on the COVID-19 Hotline and testing process, please visit the OhioHealth Partnership page.

Random Testing

The University also has partnered with CVS Pharmacy to conduct a surveillance COVID-19 testing program in Athens beginning September 21. Students and employees will be randomly tested in order to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus and monitor its prevalence.

Mandatory Testing for Residential Students

All students living on campus in spring semester 2021 will be tested for COVID-19 weekly, and any students who fail to present for testing will be in violation of their housing contract.

Students living off campus will also be required to test bi-weekly.

Additional information about the testing format, protocols, and frequency of required testing will be communicated once they are established for spring semester.


Once a positive case is confirmed or assumed by a physician, the healthcare provider will notify Athens City/County Public Health who will contact the patient and begin contact tracing. Ohio University's Heritage College of Medicine will provide additional staffing if and when needed to supplement contact tracing under the supervision of local public health officials. Anyone who was in close contact with the patient within the window of disease onset will be contacted and must isolate from other individuals for 14 days.

Close contact is considered within six feet and not wearing an appropriate mask or face covering and longer than 15 minutes. Students who were in class or in other spaces with a positive student during which all individuals were wearing the required face covering and maintained a six foot distance will not be considered close contacts or have a need for monitoring or isolation.

Isolation & Quarantine

If a person is under mandatory isolation or quarantine under the direction of public health officials, compliance is enforceable by law.

Quarantine (as defined by the CDC): separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.  

Isolation (as defined by the CDC): separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Students, faculty or staff members who are confirmed or presumed positive, must not return to campus until cleared by a health professional. Students who test positive must return to their permanent address, or if that is not possible, they must isolate at their off-campus address, or move to OHIO's isolation residence hall until a healthcare professional advises their release from isolation. Academic accommodations will be made, and meals will be delivered to students in isolation residence halls.

Quarantine & Isolation HousingHousing Advisory System

Students, faculty or staff members who are notified by public health that they have been exposed to COVID-19 must not return to campus for a minimum of 14 days. Academic accommodations for students and work accommodations for faculty and staff members will be made. Students should return to their permanent address if possible, and if not possible they must quarantine at their off-campus residence or move to OHIO's quarantine residence hall for a minimum of 14 days. For those in residence halls, meals will be delivered.

For full details, visit the Student & Employee COVID-19 Response Protocol website.

Campus Care

The Urgent Care at OhioHealth Campus Care is now offering same-day appointments in place of traditional walk-in appointments. Please call ahead and schedule an appointment to limit the number of patients Campus Care has in the clinic at one time. All calls received by 4:30 p.m. will be seen that same day. Campus Care also is offering virtual visits. Campus Care can be reached at 740.592.7100, through your OhioHealth MyChart, or at campuscare@ohio.edu.