Think you have COVID or were exposed? Here’s what to do

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I have COVID symptoms. 

You are required to report potential symptoms of COVID-19 to the university.

These are the symptoms of COVID-19. You may experience only a few symptoms and they may be mild:       

  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat or scratchy throat

If you have any of these symptoms, you should:

  • Report through the COVID Reporter regardless of whether or not you are vaccinated
  • If your symptoms are due to a previously diagnosed medical condition such as seasons allergies, you do not have to report them
  • You should not go to work or class – or socialize – until you speak with someone at CSU Public Health   

I’ve tested positive for COVID.

You may be tested for COVID through a testing site such as a county site or a pharmacy,  through your medical provider, or a home test.

If any of these test results are positive, you should:

  • Report through the COVID Reporter immediately.
  • Do not go to work, class or socialize until you are contacted by CSU Public Health. 
  • CSU Public Health will most likely require you to isolate for 5-10 days depending on your specific situation.
  • You will be required to isolate for at least 5 days, regardless of vaccination status. Your individual circumstances may also mean that the public health official assigned to your case will provide you with additional public health requirements about isolation and quarnatine
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house on day 6.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you do not have a fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medications such as ibuprofen. 

I believe I have been exposed to COVID.

The steps to follow if you have potentially been exposed to COVID depend upon a variety of factors. Find the situation below that best fits your circumstances and follow those instructions.

If you’ve been exposed but you are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms, you should:

  • You do NOT need to quarantine (unless you develop symptoms).
  • Continually monitor for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, report through the COVID Reporter immediately.
  • You should wear a mask in all public settings for 10 days.
  • Monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days.
  • It is recommended to test on day 5 from date of last exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, report through the COVID Reporter.

If you’ve been exposed but you are not fully vaccinated and you do not have symptoms, you should:

  • At this time, the university follows the Centers for Disease Control definition of fully vaccinated (one dose of J&J or two doses of Moderna or Pfizer, two weeks after final dose)
  • If you are exposed but are not fully vaccinated, you are required to notify the university through the COVID Reporter
  • If your close contact is confirmed by public health officials, you will be required to quarantine for 5 days, and test on day 5
  • The public health official assigned to your case may provide you with additional direction based on your circumstances
  • You should continue to wear a mask for at least 10 days after your first day of symptoms.
  • If you test positive through a non-CSU testing site, report through the COVID Reporter

You’ve been exposed and you are fully vaccinated + boosted, you have no symptoms, and you have a positive test in the past 90 days, you should:

  • You are NOT required to quarantine.
  • If you develop symptoms, you must immediately report through the COVID Reporter and you will likely be required to isolate.

You were exposed AND you have symptoms, you should:

  • Reporter your symptoms through the COVID Reporter
  • Do not go to work or class and do not socialize with others until you receive follow up from a public health official
  • If your symptoms are serious, seek medical attention immediately