Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine

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.

Monitor your health daily. Each morning, when you wake up, be honest with yourself about your health.

  1. If symptoms of COVID-19 are present, faculty, staff, and students must contact their doctor (or other local health professional) to see if they should be tested. Download Utah’s Healthy Together App for a 10-second health check.
  2. If the medical professional recommends a test, proceed to a local testing facility, get tested, and then isolate yourself 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.

Testing

SUU is working closely with Dr. David Blodgett, Director and Health Officer at Southwest Utah Public Health Department, to ensure that enough tests are available for the influx of students into the Cedar City community.

If you start feeling sick:

  • If you receive a positive test for COVID-19, please report your information to SUU. All personal information will be kept confidential.
  • If symptoms of COVID-19 are present, faculty, staff, and students must contact their doctor (or other local health professional) to see if they should be tested. Download Utah’s Healthy Together App for a 10-second health check.
  • If the medical professional recommends a test, proceed to a local testing facility, get tested, and then isolate yourself in your home/apartment until test results are received.
  • 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.
  • If the results are negative, stay home until you are symptom free.
  • If the medical professional does not recommend

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.

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Intermountain is transitioning to saliva-based COVID testing for patients ages 6 and older. The saliva sample collection method is more comfortable and less invasive than the nasal swabs previously used. This method of sample collection requires 3 mL of saliva, which may not seem like a lot, but be mindful it will take a bit of time to produce that much saliva for sample. Patients shouldn’t take anything by mouth at least 30 minutes before their sample collection. This includes eating, drinking, brushing teeth, using mouthwash, chewing gum, using mints, smoking, or chewing tobacco.

Cedar City Instacare

  • 962 Sage Dr, Cedar City, UT 84720
  • Phone: (844) 442-5224

Testing Hours:

  • Sun: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Mon- Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SUU has developed a COVID-19 Reporting Form for students, faculty, and staff to report known incidences of infection to help with contact tracing. If you are having symptoms or have tested positive, complete the reporting form within 24 hours.

Contact Tracing

When a student, faculty, or staff member reports a positive COVID-19 case via the University’s online reporting form, an automated email is sent to the Dean of Students Office for processing. The following steps are then followed:

  1. The case is assigned to a Contact Tracer, which is an upper class Rural Health Scholars (pre-med) student who has been specifically trained for this task.
  2. The Contact Tracer will reach out to the positive individual to learn which university buildings, offices, and classrooms they have visited in the preceding days.
    1. If the positive individual has been in a class, the Contact Tracer will reach out to the course instructor to (1) inform the faculty member that someone who is now positive was in their class in the preceding days, and (2) to request a current class roster.
      1. NOTE: We are not asking faculty to do anything other than supply their attendance roll, so we can contact students. There is no need to send a separate email to the students in the class.
      2. Previously, faculty were asked to keep a seating chart when Iron County was in the orange phase of Utah's Plan. We still want faculty to continue doing this as we do not know when/if the Governor may change our current yellow status back to orange. If that change happens, the seating chart information will be required.
    2. If the positive individual has been in any offices on campus, the Dean of Students Office will notify the employees who work in that office of the possible exposure.
  3. The Dean of Students Office then sends an email to all the students in the course to let them know that a classmate has tested positive.
    1. In this email, we remind students of the directives from state and local health officials which are that individuals who have been exposed, but are not symptomatic, are still allowed and encouraged to come to campus and attend class. We also remind students to vigilantly self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
  4. Finally, the Dean of Students Office and the Contact Tracers check-in daily with all students, faculty, and staff who report as testing positive for the duration of their standard isolation period.

Simultaneous to the University’s contact tracing efforts, the Southwest Utah Health Department also engages in contact tracing and will notify individuals who were in close contact (6 feet or closer for more than 15 minutes) with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

One last point related to contact tracing is the importance and requirement to track attendance at all campus activities, events, and in-person meetings. You can track attendance using our COVID-19 Contact Tracing Record Form, by swiping student ID cards, or by noting attendees in meeting minutes. In the end, the goal is to help us contain and hopefully reduce the spread of the disease and be able to inform the health department of who has been in contact with whom in any given situation. If you are planning an on-campus event, please make sure you refer to SUU’s guidelines for holding events and activities.

Isolation/Quarantine for Employees & Students

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms, you should stay isolated from other people until you have been fever-free, and your symptoms have gotten better for at least 3 days and it has been at least 7 days since you first got sick. This means you did not use medicine to lower your fever and all your other symptoms are gone. Other people in your home should quarantine for 14 days since the last time they were around you. Everyone in your house should quarantine until everyone is better.

If you think or know you had COVID-19 and had symptoms, you can be around others after 3 days with no fever and respiratory symptoms have improved and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, you can be around others after 10 days have passed since your test.

If you have been around someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness.

Please refer to the CDC for more detailed guidelines on isolation/quarantine.

Please contact your supervisor prior to returning to work.

Isolation/Quarantine for On-Campus Students:

To fully prepare to contain potential outbreaks for students who live in on-campus housing, SUU will implement the following protocols for quarantine/isolation halls:

Isolation (For students who test positive for COVID-19)

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate from others for 10 days or 3 days post symptom, whichever is longer. Students can return to their permanent residence if they so choose or may utilize University-owned apartments while in isolation.  If these beds all fill, the University has arrangements with local hotels for additional isolation beds.

  • In these apartments students will have a private bedroom and bathroom.
  • Students will have access to the internet so they are able to continue their schooling.
  • SUU will partner with SUU Dining Services to bring in meals and snacks for these individuals.
  • SUU will assist in providing other essential supplies as needed.

Quarantine (For students with a known exposure to COVID-19)

Students who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be asked to quarantine in their own apartment for 14 days.

  • In these apartments students would still have access to the internet to be able to continue their schooling.
  • SUU will partner with SUU Dining Services to bring in meals and snacks for these individuals.
  • SUU will assist in providing other essential supplies as needed.

Off-Campus Housing

Students living off campus who report a positive test to the University will be provided with information and instructions for self-isolation and care.  The University will regularly check in with them while they are recovering.

Students living off-campus should self-isolate in their personal apartments or homes.  Roommates who have been living with the student will be likely to be contacted by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department contact tracing team and will be required to quarantine in their off campus home for 14 days, just the way that family members would be expected to do if the student was living at home. The safe and effective way to self-isolate at home is to stay in one room away from any others living in the home and use a separate bathroom if possible.

Frequently Asked Questions