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 am feeling sick (even if I think it is a cold or allergies)?

  • Do not go to class or any other areas of campus if you are feeling sick.
  • You must notify the Student Health Center (SHC) by filling out the Symptom Tracker on the MyCougar Health Portal.
  • Go to the SHC immediately during normal business hours and complete the rapid test. Hours are as follows: Monday-Friday, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. After hours, isolate and limit contact with others until you are able to complete a COVID-19 test. If you would like to purchase a rapid home test, Paws ’N Go will have self-test kits available ONLY on weekends for $20 each test.
  • Contact your professors about the classes you will be unable to attend and follow up with them regarding any missed academic requirements.
  • You are REQUIRED to limit contact with others until cleared by the SHC.

What should I do if I have been exposed to (had close contact with) someone with COVID-19?

  • Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order, you must quarantine immediately if you have been in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Do not go to class or any other areas of campus, even if you are not feeling sick.
  • Contact your professors about the classes you will be unable to attend and follow up with them regarding any missed academic requirements.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, you are required to contact the Student Health Center (SHC) by reporting the exposure through the MyCougar Health Portal (Symptom Tracker).
  • SHC staff will determine the level of exposure and if testing is needed. If a student had a high-risk exposure, the individual will be placed in quarantine and must test immediately.
  • Test on Day 5 after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19 (Day 0 is the day of your last exposure and Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure). If you are exposed in an APU setting, testing for COVID-19 will be provided free of charge when the test is performed by APU.
  • Stay home and self-quarantine from others for at least 5 days and up to 10 days.
  • You are REQUIRED to remain in quarantine until cleared by the SHC.
  • Quarantine:
    • Unvaccinated: You must quarantine if you are not vaccinated and are exposed to (have close contact with) someone who has, or is presumed to have, COVID-19.
    • You may be exempt from quarantine if you are “fully vaccinated AND boosted with NO symptoms.” You may qualify for this exemption if you received all recommended doses of the primary COVID-19 vaccination series and a vaccine booster dose OR you are “fully vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible.”
  • Having recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days no longer excludes you from quarantine.
  • If a student is required to quarantine, they must inform all their professors and follow up regarding any missed academic requirements.
  • Students who do not comply with SHC directives will be subject to an accountability/judicial process.

What should I do if I have a positive lab test for COVID-19?

  • Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order, you must isolate immediately if you have a positive lab test for COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or develop symptoms of COVID-19.
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms, who have tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate.
  • Do not go to class or any other area of campus, even if you are not feeling sick.
  • All students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to contact the Student Health Center (SHC) by reporting their positive COVID-19 test result through the MyCougar Health Portal.
  • If you see another provider and they tell you that you have COVID-19, let the SHC know by emailing [email protected].
  • If a student is required to isolate, they must inform all their professors and follow up regarding any missed academic requirements.
  • You are required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days and remain in isolation until cleared by the SHC.
  • Students who do not comply with SHC directives will be subject to an accountability/judicial process.
  • Follow the instructions on homecare isolation in the LAC DPH handout.

Where do I isolate or quarantine?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to the virus, APU will follow the CDC quarantine guidelines while supporting the student. Students who meet criteria for isolation (i.e., active infection or close contact exposure to COVID-19) will be required to comply with disease mitigation procedures.

  • Commuter students are expected to isolate themselves at home.
  • Residential students who meet criteria for isolation must isolate themselves at home if their home address is less than 200 miles from the Azusa campus.
  • Residential students whose home address is more than 200 miles from the Azusa campus will be offered isolation accommodations, if available.
  • Residential students who occupy single rooms with private bathrooms may be permitted to remain on campus.
  • Students assigned on-campus isolation accommodations will receive regular contact from university staff.

What if I am taking all my courses online?

You are exempt from reporting your illness to the SHC if you are attending all classes remotely this semester and will not be physically accessing any on-campus resources or coming to any of our campus facilities.

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 [email protected]. 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.

Are there outpatient therapies for COVID-19 once I am diagnosed?

At this time, there are several outpatient treatment options for those with COVID-19.

  • IV: Monoclonal antibodies or Remdesivir
  • Oral: Paxlovid or Molnupiravir

If you have any conditions that would place you at higher risk for complications due to COVID-19, read about currently available treatments.

Most of these therapies should be started within the first week after symptom onset. Don’t wait until needing oxygen or hospitalization.

  • If you are not vaccinated, don’t have natural immunity, or if you have high or moderate risk features (such as old age or being overweight), it would be wise to pursue outpatient therapy options.
  • Outpatient therapies are covered by most insurance companies, and those without insurance can often qualify for these treatments.
  • It appears that the best monoclonal antibody against the Omicron variant is Sotrovimab, which is made by GSK (Regeneron and Eli Lilly monoclonal antibodies are effective against the Delta variant but much less effective against the Omicron variant).
  • To find a location to receive monoclonal antibodies or Remdesivir, visit either the Health and Human Services website or the National Infusion Center Association website and input your ZIP code. The locations nearest to you will appear. Call and request either monoclonal antibodies or Remdesivir. Additionally, Cosmos Health Solutions (by the Long Beach airport) offers treatments ($1,000 cash only). Call (800) 267-2069 for more information.
  • Remdesivir is an antiviral medication that has been used in hospitals for many months. To learn more about this medication, see the L.A. County public health webpage on currently available therapies and scroll to the bottom.

Learn more from the California Department of Public Health:

FAQ on monoclonal antibodies
Health alert 110121 on benefit of monoclonal antibodies

Oral Medications to Treat COVID-19

Paxlovid (Pfizer)

  • Take twice daily for five days
  • Since it is new, you may need to call around to find a pharmacy that carries it
  • If you have a condition that places you at high risk for complications due to COVID-19, you may qualify for it
  • Currently available treatments

Molnupiravir (Merck)

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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