Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine

On-campus COVID testing will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at the J.Reuben Clark Center (formerly the Alumni House). This site is open to both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. The testing services are available to the SUU community and their immediate family members. 

The on-campus COVID testing center will be closed from May 1 to May 17, 2021. 

Schedule an Appointment

Results will be emailed to you after 5 p.m. on the day of your test. If the test is confirmed positive, you will be asked to complete the SUU online report form and self-isolate for 10 days.

 

 

General Testing Information

Follow these steps for testing, quarantining/isolation, and contact tracing. These sections are broken out in greater detail below:

  1. Monitor your health daily. Each morning, when you wake up, be honest with yourself about your health.
  2. Feeling Sick? 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. Or they can visit the Intermountain Healthcare COVID-19 website.
  3. Testing. 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.
  4. Contact Tracing. If results are positive, the faculty, staff, or student will isolate for 10 days, participate in contact tracing led by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, and report their positive test results to SUU.
  5. Isolation & Quarantine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay isolated from other people for 10 days from the date of symptom onset, and until you have been symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.
  6. Negative Test. If the results are negative, stay home until you are symptom free.
    1. If the medical professional does not recommend a test, stay home until you are symptom free from whatever illness you have.

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.

COVID-19 Exposure

If you live with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, the current requirements are that you quarantine at home for 10 days and monitor your symptoms. Ideally, you would try to have as little of contact as possible with the positive individual while under the same roof. If you test negative after 7 days of quarantine you can return to work, school, activities as long as you continue to wear a mask and properly socially distance.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you should quarantine and get tested 7 days after the last time you were around that person. This lets enough of the virus build up in your body to be detected by the tests. Getting tested too soon can result in an inaccurate test result.

Close contact means any of the following:

  • You were closer than 6 feet from someone who has the virus for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or longer in a 24 hour period.
  • You cared for someone at home who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person who has COVID-19 (hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils with the person who has COVID-19.
  • The person who has COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

If you were exposed, but not in close contact with someone (someone at work, in class, an extended family member, a friend, etc.), monitor your symptoms closely. If you begin to feel the slightest symptoms like a cold, flu, or allergies, you should immediately get tested. As for attending classes, that has been deemed an essential activity, so you are welcome to continue attending class as long as you wear a mask and properly socially distance. If you work, you should consult with your employer and follow the requirements and guidelines they are expected to follow according to their industry standards.

Learn more about protecting yourself and others at the Utah COVID website.

 

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 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 including emails.
      1. NOTE: We are asking faculty to supply their attendance roll, including student emails so we can contact students. There is no need to send a separate email to the students in the class, the Dean of Students will email all students.
    2. If the positive individual has been in any offices on campus, the Dean of Students Office will notify the supervisor of the office and they will notify their 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

If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay isolated from other people for 10 days from the date of symptom onset, and until you have been symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication. This means you did not use medicine to lower your fever and all your other symptoms are gone. Other people in your home should monitor their symptoms daily and immediately contact their health care provider if they develop any symptoms.

Supervisors of employees who have become ill with COVID-19 should not require sick employees to provide COVID-19 test results or healthcare provider’s notes to qualify for sick leave, or return to work. Please contact SUU Human Resources for additional guidance on interfacing with employees regarding COVID-19 issues.

If you live in on-campus housing, please follow the protocols outlined on the housing page.

Anyone who reports 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.

If you test positive, you should self-isolate in your personal apartments or homes. Households (which includes roommates) who have been living with the student or employee will be likely to be contacted by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department contact tracing team and will be required to quarantine in their home or apartment for 10 days. 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