COVID-19 Student Information
Flowcharts explain actions related to students who are asymptomatic and test positive, students who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and students who are experiencing symptoms.
COVID-19 testing is available at Health Services for symptomatic individuals.
What to Expect if You Were Possibly Exposed to COVID-19
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the steps below to monitor your health and avoid spreading the disease to others
How do I know if I was exposed?
You generally need to be in close contact with an infected person to get COVID-19. Close contact includes:
- Living in the same household with a person with COVID-19
- Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
- Being within 6 feet of a positive COVID-19 person for 15 minutes or longer
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a COVID-19 positive person (e.g. being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)
- You may receive a phone call from the Department of Health or JJ Oakley Student Health Services if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- They will explain quarantine guidance and answer any questions you have.
- You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with the person with COVID-19. If your contact is a household member, you may need to stay home longer
- Do not go to school or work
- If possible, ask family or friends to drop off supplies as needed. Use delivery services for food and other items
Get tested for COVID-19
- It is recommended by State and Federal health officials for close contacts to a positive COVID-19 person be tested.
Monitor Your Health
- Watch for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the person with COVID-19
- If you develop these symptoms, you may have COVID-19
- If your symptoms are mild, stay home and monitor your health. If you need medical care call the health clinic or the hospital before you arrive and tell the provider that you are a contact to a person that was diagnosed with COVID-19
Practice healthy habits
- Follow the appropriate social distancing recommendations
- Wear a cloth facial covering in public settings
- Cover your cough or sneeze into elbow or tissue
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regulatory, including your phone
Guidance may change as we learn more. Please check the Tn Department of Health and CDC guidelines for the most up-to-date guidance about COVID-19
COVID-19 What to Expect After Being Tested
Test results: You will be notified by Student Health Services or the Public Health Department as soon as possible
Monitor Your Health
Review the common COVID-19 Symptoms
- Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste of smell
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
If you have any symptoms
- You should isolate yourself while awaiting results
- Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home to the extent possible. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Household members can consider staying in a separate location to decrease their risk of exposure.
- Ask friends and family to bring food and supplies to door, use delivery services
- Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and, if needed take medication to reduce your fever
- If your symptoms worsen you may need a medical assessment, call Student Health Services, your primary care provider or the hospital before going to the clinic and advise them that you have been tested for COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed.
If you don’t have any symptoms (asymptomatic)
- You are not required to quarantine yourself unless
- You have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- If you develop any symptom(s) while awaiting your test results you must isolate yourself.
- If your symptoms are mild, stay home and monitor your health
- If you need a medical assessment, call Student Health Services, your primary care provider or the hospital and tell them you have been tested for COVID-19
Practice Healthy Habits
- Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly, including your phone
What to Expect After Being Diagnosed
After your diagnosis, you will receive a call from a TTU Health Services case investigator. They will ask you about your activities before and after you became ill. You will be contacted daily throughout your isolation period to follow up on your health status and any needs that you may have.
If you live on-campus, you will be asked to return to your permanent residence if possible. In cases that going home is not an option, arranged housing will be available on a case by case basis.
- You should strictly isolate yourself at home for at least 10 days after you became ill, and you should be fever free for 24 hours and have improvement in symptoms before resuming normal activities.
- Other members of your household should also stay home, no visitors should be allowed during your isolation period
- Stay in specific room and away from other people in your home to the extent possible, Use a separate bathroom if available. Household contacts should consider relocating to a separate, uninhabited housing location when possible to decrease their risk of exposure.
- Where possible ask friends and family to assist with food and other needs. Place items outside of the door and stay clear when door is open.
- If you must leave home, such as to seek medical attention, wear a mask and use social distancing
Inform your close contacts
With the assistance of the TTU case investigator, identification of your close contacts will occur.
- Close contacts are people that you have had contact with for greater than 15 minutes at a time and with less than 6 feet distance between you while you were feeling ill.
- Your close contacts will need to quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with you.
Monitor your health: There is no specific treatment for COVID-19
- Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and if needed take medication to reduce your fever
Arrange for Care
If your symptoms get worse and you need to seek healthcare, call ahead and tell the provider that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting sick or exposed.
Practice Healthy Habits
- Cover your cough, sneeze into your elbow
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for > 20 seconds, or use alcohol- based hand sanitizer
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly, including your cell phone
Returning to Regular Activities
Once you’ve completed your isolation period at home (minimum of 10 days, with at least 24 hours fever free and improvement in symptoms) you can return to your regular activity. The TTU case investigator will assist you in determining the close of your isolation period.
- You do NOT need to be retested
- This recommendation is consistent with CDC and TN Department of Health symptom-based strategy
Work and Class Excuses
- Student affairs will be notified that you are not able to attend in person classes during your isolation period.
- Student affairs will contact your instructors and learning arrangements will be made.
- Work notes will be provided as needed while following patient privacy guidelines.