IMPORTANT COVID testing instructions (pdf 172K) for students enrolled in classes during the spring 2021 semester

Daily Covid-19 Symptom Tracker

Reporting positive cases

    • If a student contacts a faculty or staff member about testing positive by an off campus provider and needing to be out of class/campus work, the F/S needs to report that information to and include the student’s name, CWID, and current phone number if available. Health Services will contact the student directly. Health Services will not communicate about student results with faculty or staff.
    • For acute illness that results in absence from in-person classes, Health Services will notify the Dean of Students Office that provides official absence notifications to Academic Affairs. Health Services will only share dates of absence regardless of the health related issue. No health details will be shared. The Dean of Students Office will issue an absence notification (dates only, not condition) to students’ faculty.
    • Should a student’s condition related to Covid-19 change, the student must communicate that information to Health Services who will notify the Dean of Students Office of a change in dates for the quarantine or isolation period. Students should immediately communicate this information to Health Services by emailing

CDC Updated Close Contact Definition

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.


Isolation and Quarantine Criteria

Isolation criteria:

You will no longer be considered infectious when all of these conditions have been met:
  1. It has been at least ten (10) days since the illness began (or since date of testing for asymptomatic people testing positive) – AND
  2. It has been at least 24 hours since the last fever without taking medication that lowers fever -AND-
  3. All Covid related symptoms have improved.
**Note: If you have not experienced symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, you may discontinue isolation when at least 10 days have passed since the date of your positive COVID-19 test result as long as you have not become ill during this 10-day period.

Quarantine criteria:

If you have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 the CDC has updated the guidelines for quarantine. Effective 12/3/2020, quarantine will last 10 days from the last known close contact with the positive individual. 
  • Your quarantine period may end after 7 days as long as you test negative at least 5 days after your exposure and you do not develop any symptoms. Students must contact Health Services at and attach the negative test result or upload the test result in the Patient Portal. Upon receipt of the negative test result, Health Services will call you to discuss updated dates for your absence notification to the Dean of Students Office.
  • If you choose not to test then you will need to complete the full 10 day quarantine period. This time frame changes if you develop symptoms.
  • Regardless, students must continue to monitor for COVID-like symptoms for the full 14 days and immediately report any changes to Health Services via the Daily Symptom Tracker in the Patient Portal or

Information about coronavirus (2019-nCoV): 

World Health Organization Advice for the Public
World Health Organization Travel Advice
World Health Organization Daily Situation Reports
American College Health Association Information for Campuses
CDC Information for Travel
CDC Hygiene Etiquette
Corona Virus Etiquette 

Physical and Mental Health Resources for Dealing with COVID-19

Last Updated: 1/6/21