If You Feel Sick

Respiratory illness symptoms alone do not indicate you have COVID-19. If you are feeling sick with COVID-like symptoms, follow the instructions outlined below.

What should I do if I develop symptoms that are compatible with COVID-19?

Students

If You Live in On-Campus Housing:

  • Head back to or remain in your room and isolate yourself.
  • Let your roommate know you are ill and need to be alone. Your roommate should clean high-touch surfaces in your residence, and may need to leave food at your door so that you can remain isolated.
  • Make an appointment using the MyCougar Health Portal for a COVID-19 Phone Screening with a Student Health Center provider. Wait for them to call you.
  • If the provider gives you a testing appointment, wear a face covering to the appointment and take care to limit what you touch.
    • If you test positive: You will be asked to isolate and recover either at home or in a room on campus that has been designated for recovery purposes. If you are placed in recovery housing on campus, you will be cared for and monitored daily.
    • If you test negative: To prevent the spread of other illnesses on campus, you will be asked to isolate in your room for at least 10 days.

If you give the contact tracer permission, Student Affairs will notify your professors that you are being tested for COVID-19 and will not be attending class until Student Affairs notifies them again. To the extent possible, your confidentiality will be protected.

If You Live Off Campus:

Follow the same steps above to make an appointment with the Student Health Center using the MyCougar Health Portal for a COVID-19 Phone Screening. If you live off campus and are diagnosed with COVID-19, you should isolate yourself in your own room away from others.

Faculty/Staff

  • See your doctor and notify your supervisor.
  • Please let your supervisor know and inform the Student Health Center at healthcntr@apu.edu if your doctor decides to test you for COVID-19.
  • If you are not tested for COVID-19 but your doctor feels like you may have it, follow the instructions above on isolating from home and let your supervisor know.

What should I do if I am exposed to a known (or probable) case of COVID-19?

For example, if someone who lives with you tests positive or you have been in contact with someone who has a probable case, please take the following steps:

Students

  • Review the definition of “close contact” below to see if you were exposed.
  • If you think you were exposed and you still live on or near campus, notify the Student Health Center via the MyCougar Health Portal.
    • If you do not live in the area, then see your doctor.
  • Prepare to quarantine if the exposure is validated by your provider.

Faculty/Staff

  • Review the definition of “close contact” below to see if you were exposed.
  • If you think you were exposed, then see your doctor and notify your supervisorand the Student Health Center.
  • Pursue testing, either with your primary care physician or the Student Health Center.
  • Quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure, even if you get tested and your test is negative.

What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19 and the person whom I think may have exposed me to the illness has not been tested?

Students

  • Look at the definition of “close contact” below to see if you were exposed.
  • Notify the SHC via the MyCougar Health Portal and limit contact with others until you hear back from a provider at the SHC.
  • If you attend a regional campus, then notify the SHC via the MyCougar Health Portal and see your doctor to discuss possible testing, but be aware that your doctor may not test you if you are not manifesting any symptoms since the test is less reliable in that situation.

Faculty/Staff

  • Review the definition of “close contact” below to see if you were exposed.
  • Notify your supervisor and limit your contact with others.
  • See your doctor about whether you need to quarantine for 14 days and about possible testing, but be aware that your doctor may not test you if you are not manifesting symptoms since the test is less reliable in that situation.
  • If you do get tested, please let your supervisor know.
  • If the individual who may have exposed you to COVID-19 is a coworker and still at work, notify their supervisor. The supervisor may send them home and ask them to produce a note from their doctor that states they may return to work when they are well.

What should I do if I get tested for COVID-19?

Students

Faculty/Staff

  • Do not go to work until you have completed at least 10 days of isolation and have received approval from HR.
  • Limit your contact with others.
  • Notify your supervisor and the Student Health Center.
  • See the LAC DPH handout that discusses how to isolate at home.

For Faculty/Staff: What will happen after I notify the Student Health Center that I have developed symptoms of COVID-19, or that I got tested or was exposed to COVID-19?

  • The Student Health Center will have a Contact Tracer call you and discuss your situation.
  • The Contact Tracer will help you get tested if needed, and determine if anyone in the APU community was exposed.
  • The Contact Tracer will not ask about your medical conditions.
  • The Student Health Center will monitor your situation, but your medical care should be taken care of by your primary care physician.

What happens when a test for COVID-19 is positive?

If the test is done at a private lab such as Quest or Labcorp:

  • The lab notifies:
    • The provider who ordered the test, and the provider notifies the patient.
    • The provider and the lab report the result to LAC DPH.
    • LAC DPH assists the provider with a contact investigation.
  • It is the patient’s responsibility to notify their supervisor and the Student Health Center.

If the test is done by LAC DPH:

  • Notify the patient.
  • It is the responsibility of the faculty/staff member to notify their supervisor and the Student Health Center if a test is done.
  • Notify the Office of the President if the patient is a student.

If there is a case of COVID-19 on the APU campus, will we be notified?

  • APU will notify close contacts first.
  • APU will post that information on the university’s COVID-19 website and notify the APU community as necessary.

When can someone who has been ill return to work?

  • Whether you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or just have a mild illness and are isolating at home, it is recommended that:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since you last had a fever without the aid of fever-reducing medications (i.e., ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.), AND
    • Your respiratory symptoms have been improving over the last 24 hours (cough, shortness of breath), AND
    • At least 10 days have passed since the onset of your symptoms.
    • If you had a positive COVID-19 test and it is unclear whether you can return to work despite the above steps, another test for COVID-19 may be done if there is no shortage of test kits.
  • APU staff should contact their supervisor once they feel like they have fulfilled the above-mentioned criteria.

What should I do if I am diagnosed with COVID-19, or am told that I most likely have COVID-19?

Students

Notify the Student Health Center (SHC) right away by emailing healthcntr@apu.edu. You will be asked to isolate and recover either at home or in a room on campus that has been designated for recovery purposes.

Faculty/Staff

Notify your supervisor and take immediate steps to isolate at home.

Self-isolation should occur for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND until at least 24 hours have passed since your fever has resolved without the use of fever reducing medicines AND your respiratory symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours.

What is the definition of close contact?

  • Being within six feet of an individual known to have COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time (more than just a few minutes). Or, coming in direct contact with infectious secretions (coughed on, touched). Roommates and those living in the same house, intimate contacts, or caregivers are generally considered close contacts.
  • In addition, the above interaction with an individual known to have COVID-19 (or presumed), should have occurred while the COVID positive individual is experiencing symptoms or even during the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms.

When should someone “isolate” or “quarantine” or just monitor for symptoms?

  • Isolate: You should follow strict home isolation instructions if you have a positive lab test, are diagnosed, or develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of being exposed to it.
  • Quarantine: You should quarantine if you are exposed (have a close contact) with someone who has known (or presumed) COVID-19.
  • Monitor for symptoms if you did not have close contact with a known or presumed case of COVID-19.
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