How to Self-Assess for COVID-19 Symptoms

Posted: August 18, 2020 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 3 minutes

Monitor health and self-assess for COVID symptomsAs students, faculty, and staff plan to return to campuses this fall, it is up to everyone to take personal responsibility to stay informed, take actions based on best practices, and exercise wise judgment in an effort to maintain a healthy and safe university community.

At Southern Utah University, students, faculty and staff should take their temperature and self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms daily before going to class, work, or campus. And stay home if they feel sick or have symptoms.

How to Self-Assess for COVID-19 Symptoms

Each morning, when you wake up, be honest with yourself about your health. While you cannot diagnose yourself, you can monitor your health and risk. If you would like to use an app to self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms, the following are available:

COVID-19 symptoms, combination of symptoms, and severity of symptoms are different for everyone and can appear anytime between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with any of the symptoms below may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If a person has any of the emergency symptoms below, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Other factors to consider when self-assessing:

  • Have you been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? Or have you been notified that you may have been exposed to COVID-19?
  • Have you traveled within the last 14 days?
  • Do you have underlying medical conditions?
SUU Students, Faculty or Staff That Are Feeling Sick or Have COVID-19 Symptoms
  1. If symptoms are present, SUU faculty, staff, and students must contact their doctor (or other local health professionals) to see if they should be tested.
  2. If the medical professional recommends a test, proceed to a local testing facility, get tested, and then isolate in your home/apartment until test results are received.
  3. If results are positive, the faculty, staff, or student will isolate for 14 days, participate in contact tracing led by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, and report their positive test results to SUU.
  4. If the results are negative, stay home until you are symptom-free.
  5. If the medical professional does not recommend a test, stay home until you are symptom-free from whatever illness you have.

Even if you are feeling well enough to attend school or work, symptoms are different for everyone and can range from mild to severe. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re feeling sick at all - stay home and monitor your health.

Digital recording equipment has been installed in each classroom on campus to ensure that students can attend face-to-face classes remotely if they become ill. This will allow any SUU community member to engage in classroom activities and protect their health. Faculty will also be able to teach remotely if they become ill.

Local Cedar City Testing Site

Cedar City’s InstaCare is the only local testing site. The quickest way to receive your free test is to first call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-442-5224 to be pre-screened and order a test. When you arrive at the yellow tents next to the InstaCare on Sage Drive, you will be tested immediately instead of waiting for the pre-screen and test order.


Effectively protecting against and managing COVID-19 in a campus community requires individuals to perform daily symptom checks, get tested for COVID-19 if symptomatic, self-report test results, and follow isolation or quarantine instructions. For more information about how SUU is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the SUU Return to Campus website.

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