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.

Any students or employees affiliated with SUU who begin feeling any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or after coming in contact with an individual who has tested positive will be instructed to contact their health provider to receive instructions regarding testing.

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.

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

SUU has appointed Heather Ogden, Dean of Students, to coordinate SUU’s COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. To fully prepare to monitor incidences on campus, we will do the following for contact tracing:

  • Partner with Southwest Utah Public Health Department in their contact tracing efforts.
  • Encourage all students, faculty, and staff to download the Healthy Together app developed by the State of Utah.  All persons affiliated with SUU will be asked to report their symptoms via the app as prompted.
  • Keep seating charts and take attendance in classrooms.
  • Where feasible, take attendance at campus activities and events.
  • SUU's COVID-19 Reporting Form will be available online for students, faculty, and staff to report known incidences of infection.
  • Closely monitor and respond to self-reported test results that are submitted through the internal University COVID-19 website.  These submissions will be monitored by the Dean of Students.

We ask the SUU campus community to help track the spread of COVID-19. If you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please fill out the SUU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease by making sure appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected. The Southwest Utah Public Health Department will continue to do contact tracing and notifications for confirmed cases.

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

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be isolated from others.

  • SUU will utilize the Macbeth and Renaissance apartments as quarantine/isolation halls. In these facilities there are 29 beds available for use.
    • 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.

Quarantine

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