COVID-19

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please submit a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form, contact the Health & Counseling Center at 503-943-7134, and stay in your room until you are able to speak with a healthcare provider. If at any time you experience severe symptoms including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.


Frequently Asked Questions

When should I get tested for COVID-19?

The Health & Counseling Center will administer COVID-19 tests to any UP student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or any student who has recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. To make a testing appointment, call the HCC at 503-943-7134.

According to the CDC[1], anyone with any signs or symptoms[2] of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC defines “close contact[3] as a situation where you were within 6 feet of a COVID-positive person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you are unsure if your situation fits the close contact criteria, call the HCC for questions.

I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but I don’t feel sick. Do I still need to get tested?

Yes! Regardless of vaccination status, if you have been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, you should make a testing appointment at the HCC.

How soon after exposure should I get tested?

The ideal testing window is 3-5 days following a known “close contact” exposure. More accurate results are captured in the 4-5 day window.

My roommate/friend/partner was in close contact with someone who has COVID and is getting tested. Should I get tested too?

Not necessarily. If (1.) you were not in close contact with the COVID-positive person, (2.) you are fully vaccinated, and (3.) you are not having symptoms, you do not need to be tested at this time. However, if you are unvaccinated, if you start to develop symptoms, or if your roommate/friend/partner tests positive for COVID, contact the HCC immediately to schedule a testing appointment and talk about next steps.


I don’t have any symptoms and I haven’t been in close contact, can I still get tested?

Campus Safety can provide you a self-administered rapid test by request. Visit Campus Safety before 8:30am or after 4:30pm Monday through Friday, or any time on the weekends to request a self-test.

If you are having symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should call the HCC to make a testing appointment rather than pick up a self-administered rapid test.


I made a testing appointment at the HCC. Do I need to quarantine until my test?

That depends on your situation. The HCC staff will discuss this protocol with you over the phone when you make your appointment. If you have any questions related to the quarantine procedure, you can call or email the HCC.

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or is advised to quarantine due to an exposure will receive support from the UP COVID-19 Case Management Team


I’m waiting for my test results. Do I need to quarantine until I get my results?

That depends on your situation. The HCC staff will discuss this protocol with you in person when you finish your appointment. If you have any questions related to the quarantine procedure, you can call or email the HCC.

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or is advised to quarantine due to an exposure will receive support from the UP COVID-19 Case Management Team


I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but I don’t feel sick. Do I need to quarantine?

UP recently updated its protocols for contact tracing and exposure[4] on August 27th:

Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are identified by a member of the contact tracing team as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case may continue attending classes, teaching, and working in offices. They do not need to quarantine if they are not experiencing symptoms. However, they must: 

  • Closely monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Be vigilant about wearing a mask around others, both indoors and outdoors, until a negative test result.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after exposure with a PCR test.
  • If symptoms develop or a test is positive, isolate for 10 days from symptom onset or positive test, and contact the HCC for next steps.
  • For students, please contact the Health and Counseling Center or COVID Case Management Team to report your symptoms/test result. For employees, please contact Human Resources.

Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are identified by a member of the contact tracing team as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case will be required to quarantine in their residence hall room or in their off-campus residences until 10 days from exposure.

  • They should not attend in-person classes or other in-person events.
  • They should closely monitor their symptoms and students should contact the Health and Counseling Center if symptoms develop.
  • If symptoms do develop, the individual will be required to move into isolation for 10 days from symptom onset or positive test.


I got a COVID test off-campus that came back positive. What should I do now?

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 outside of the HCC, fill out the COVID-19 self-reporting form[5] and tell your Hall Director as soon as possible. The self-reporting form will alert the UP COVID-19 Case Management Team and University Care Team, who will develop a plan to support you and alert your close contacts.


I’m concerned that another student I’ve come in contact with is having symptoms but not getting tested. What should I do?

Any concerns related to COVID-19 exposure can be directed to the HCC via phone (503-943-7134) or email (hcc@up.edu) and/or Pilots Prevent using the COVID-19 self-reporting form. Both forms of communication will remain anonymous.


[1]
CDC.gov – COVID-19 Testing Overview
[2] CDC.gov – Symptoms of COVID-19
[3] CDC.gov – Glossary: Close Contact
[4] UP.edu – Pilots Prevent: Protocols for Contact Tracing and Possible Exposure to COVID-19
[5] UP.edu – Pilots Prevent: Student COVID-19 Reporting


COVID-19 Medical Care 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible. The HCC is offering free testing for COVID-19 Monday through Friday. Please email or call the HCC for an appointment. After hours, please see our After-Hours page to contact ProvRN or Providence Express Care Virtual for immediate assistance. If you test positive for COVID, please submit a COVID Report form to be connected with the UP COVID Case Management Team.


COVID-19 Testing

COVID testing is available for free to all students Monday through Friday by scheduling an appointment at the HCC. After-hours, self-testing kits for SARS-COV-2 are available at no cost to UP students, staff and faculty. These testing kits can be requested by contacting Residence Life (for on campus students) or Campus Safety. Community testing options are listed below. 

Additional Testing Site Locations: