If You Feel Sick

It is important to remember it is cold and flu season, so respiratory illness symptoms alone do not indicate you have COVID-19. If you are feeling sick, do not panic; treat your symptoms as you normally would, and if your symptoms become more severe, follow the instructions outlined in the frequently asked questions below.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I develop flu-like symptoms?

Faculty/Staff

  • See your doctor and notify your supervisor.
  • Please let your supervisor know 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.

Students

  • If you are still living on or near campus:
  • If you attend one of APU’s regional campuses or do not live close to the Azusa campus:
    • Please fill out the Coronavirus questionnaire on the MyCougar Health Portal so we are aware of your illness.
    • See your own doctor for further instructions but call ahead to let them know.

What should I do if I feel sick with mild symptoms?

Faculty/Staff

  • Notify your supervisor and limit contact with others until you feel well.
  • Seek medical care if you develop difficulty breathing, or get markedly worse.
  • See the Mild Illness handout from the LAC DPH.

Students

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

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 supervisor.
  • If your doctor recommends that you quarantine, then let your supervisor know.

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 SHC 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.

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?

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 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.

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.

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

Faculty/Staff

  • Do not go to work until you receive your results.
  • Limit your contact with others.
  • Notify your supervisor.
  • See the LAC DPH handout that discusses how to isolate at home.

Students

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.

If the test is done by LAC DPH:

  • Notify the patient.
  • It is the responsibility of the faculty/staff member to notify their supervisor 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 72 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 72 hours (cough, shortness of breath), AND
    • At least 7 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 told that I most likely have COVID-19?

According to the Los Angeles County Health Officer order on 3/25/20, you must isolate at home for at least 7 days from the onset of symptoms AND until at least 72 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 72 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).

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 for COVID-19 or develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of being exposed to it, are either diagnosed with COVID-19
  • 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.

Our Response at a Glance

Student Health Center

Beginning March 30, the Student Health Center team is available Mon.-Fri. for telemedicine appointments from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and in-person appointments from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Classes

All classes have transitioned to an online format for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Housing

Most residential students have moved home, leaving those students with need on the Azusa campus to be housed and cared for by Student Affairs.

Commencement

We sincerely regret the need to cancel the commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 2, 2020, including related events. We realize the importance of this significant milestone for our students and their loved ones. The university is exploring options for honoring our graduates.

Staff

Most staff have moved to telework. Essential employees remain in place to ensure location-based university services remain active.