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 to get connected to the Care Team 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 an 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. It is best practice to get tested 3-5 days after the last day that you were exposed to the COVID-positive person.

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 needing a COVID test for travel clearance, please note that the tests provided by Campus Safety are rapid antigen tests. Many places are requiring negative PCR test results for entry; check the travel guidance for your destination before picking up a test or scheduling a testing appointment.

If you are having symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call the HCC to make a testing appointment. You should not pick up a self-administered rapid test if you have been exposed or are feeling sick.


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 updated its protocols for contact tracing and exposure[4] on August 27th, 2021:

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 (for on-campus residents) 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.

Note: Nursing students should reach out to the administrative staff in the School of Nursing for additional guidance before resuming in-person clinicals.

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

It's up to you! If you received a negative test result and would still like to get medical care or take another test to be safe, contact the HCC at 503.943.7134 or your primary care provider to schedule an appointment. If you would prefer to self-care until your symptoms subside, check out our Cold & Flu Self-Care page for tips. It is never necessary to report a negative test result to the HCC.

Note: Nursing students should reach out to the administrative staff in the School of Nursing for additional guidance before resuming in-person clinicals.


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 symptoms or 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