COVID-19 facts and general info

If I'm exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?

Exposure occurs when you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure. If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What is the definition of a “close contact” or “significant exposure?” 

Someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has COVID-19-like symptoms.

What does it mean to quarantine?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who may have been exposed to COVD-19 away from others. It helps prevent the spread of the virus before they experience symptoms and know they are ill. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow the directions from state and local health departments.

When should I get tested if I am in quarantine but do not have symptoms?

You may test out of the 10-day quarrantine by testing on day 7 -- if you test negative you may return to regular activities.

If I get sick with COVID-19-like symptoms, what should I do?

Stay home, do NOT go out and about, stay away from people, and isolate yourself in a room. Clean any common areas that you must use (e.g., kitchens, bathrooms, etc.). Check in with a healthcare provider and make an appointment to get a free test at UVU.

Does UVU require that I test negative to return to work?

No. UVU does require that you complete the Returning to Work After Illness or Exposure Form before you return to work.

Is there a form I should fill out when I am exposed or sick?

Yes, there is a COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form for Illness or Exposure.  This form alerts the university you have been exposed or are ill.  This is critical information as the university then conducts contact tracing (assisting the health department) — this means we are able to contact anyone on campus who may have been exposed.

What is the isolation period if I get sick with COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms? 

Starting on the day when symptoms begin, 10 days.  In order to return to work or school, you would need to complete the 10-day isolation period and improved respirtory symptoms and no fever.

What is the quarantine period if I am exposed?

10 days. Most people are ill 3-5 days after exposure although this can stretch out to 10 days.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

What if I test positive but have no symptoms?

Stay home for 10 days starting from the day of the test. After that, complete the Returning to Work after Illness or Exposure Form to return to work.

What happens when someone at UVU tests positive for COVID-19?

 If you utilize UVU COVID-19 testing services, you will receive results with a few hours. If the test comes back positive, you will be asked to complete the self-reporting form that will alert the UVU contact tracing team to contact you. They will help guide you through the isolation period and answer any questions you may have. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you may also want to contact your healthcare professional.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Isolation separates people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to the disease but who do not have symptoms or a diagnosis. It is a monitoring period to see if they become ill.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

CDC states the following as symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What if I only have intestinal issues?

Because of the pandemic, we suggest you check in with a health care provider and follow their advice.

How do I decrease my chances of getting COVID-19?

Evidence has changed over the course of this pandemic, but today we know that the tried-and-true infection control measures absolutely work. Stay away from large gatherings, wear a mask when in public or common areas shared by others, keep your distance (six feet at least), wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. These precautions cannot be overstated.

What if my symptoms are not very bad? Do I really need to stay home from school or work?

Yes, in this environment especially. There is a risk of spreading the virus to others inadvertently. The virus looks different on each person it encounters. Some people have only slight symptoms, while others get very ill and at times need to be hospitalized.

When am I contagious?  When am I more likely to pass the virus to another person?

This answer changes as the evidence becomes clearer —currently, studies suggest the most contagious timeframes are one day before you begin to show symptoms and the first few days when the symptoms are the worst. After that, it decreases quickly.

What does contact tracing mean?  Why should I care about this?

This is generally a function of the local health department — however, during pandemic times, other groups get involved. UVU is assisting the local health department with this obligation. When someone becomes sick on campus, we look at where they have been starting two days before they became sick with symptoms to the first few days of symptoms. We then figure out who they have been in “close contact” with. We trace where they have been on campus. We then contact people who meet the criteria of a “close exposure,” and we send them home for 10 days to quarantine. The sooner we can do this, the better chance we have of not spreading the virus to others on campus.

Can I get this virus from touching objects that are touched a lot by others?

 Theoretically is unlikely, however, we still encourage you to frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and to not touch your face. Your hands would be the vehicle spreading this virus from an object to your face (e.g., mouth, nose, eyes).

What is the most common way to spread this virus?

The most common way to spread the virus is to be in the breathing space of a person who is infected. Close contact (i.e., being within six feet of an infected person for longer than 15 minutes with or without a mask) is the easiest way to spread the virus.

Scenario: If my spouse’s co-worker gets sick, should I stay home and let everyone at work know they should stay home?

 If your spouse meets the criteria of a “close contact” with their coworker, they would be exposed and would need to quarantine (i.e., stay away from all people and wait to see if they get sick). You and your coworkers do not need to quarantine unless your spouse becomes ill or tests positive.

Scenario: If my roommate tests positive for COVID-19 and we share a room and bathroom, should I quarantine?

Possibly. You would most likely meet the criteria of “close contact” due to sleeping in close quarters all night and sharing breathing space. If the room were well-ventilated (e.g., open windows, fans) with a lot of space between the beds, you may be OK. You would likely need to quarantine.

Scenario: If I have exchanged a prolonged kiss with a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend and they have symptoms during this time, what should I do?

You have met the criteria of a close contact and would quarantine for 14 days.

Scenario: If a person I work with or know tests positive and shows symptoms of COVID-19 and I have not seen or talked with them, but I walked into their office or workspace and touched some common objects, what should I do?

Wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. It is much harder to spread the virus this way.

Scenario: If my symptoms are not that bad, is it OK to come to work if I stay away from everyone?

No, it is not OK to come to work. Please stay home. This is exactly how we are spreading the virus by thinking the precautions do not apply to us.

COVID-19 testing

How can I receive the COVID-19 Test?

Testing will continue throughout the summer semester. 9:00 am - 2 pm Monday-Friday in the Science Bld. Atrium, but you need to

Symptomatic Testing in parking lot L-10 Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Students currently experiencing symptoms must make an appointment for drive-thru testing. To schedule a testing appointment (only available to UVU students, faculty or staff), visit https://www.uvu.edu/campuscovidtest.

Testing will be done using the Abbot BinaxNOW rapid antigen COVID-19 test. This test only requires an anterior nasal swab, making it more comfortable than previous COVID-19 testing. This is not an antibody test. Participants can leave at the completion of the nasal swab procedures. Results will be emailed within a couple of hours. Your results will be sent to your UVU email. The testing process should take no more than ten minutes. Testing is free and only available to UVU students, faculty, and staff. Individuals must have an active UVID and sign in to be tested. Symptoms and/or exposure are not required for testing.

Please make an appointment for all testing services. Photo identification and your university ID number are required.

If you are not a UVU student, faculty, or staff member, you may visit the Test Utah website to determine a testing location.

Is there a mandate for staff and faculty to be tested?

There is no mandate at this time, although we encourage them to be tested.

Where can I go for more information?

To sign up for testing on campus, go to uvu.edu/campuscovidtest

Financial assistance

What if I lost my job due to COVID-19?

Please contact the Department of Workforce Services to determine resources. You can also dial 211 to access the United Way of Utah County.

What if I can’t pay a bill or have an urgent, unexpected expense?

You may be eligible for institutional emergency funds. Visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information.

You may also be interested in working with UVU’s Money Management Resource Center, which can help with managing money. Virtual appointments are available.

How do I access Financial Aid?

Schedule an appointment via website, email, or call (801) 863-8442. Students can also meet with a counselor by visiting BA 103.

Masks

Are masks required on campus?

Masks are NOT required on campus. We encourage those not vaccinated to wear a mask when around people, this is a CDC recommendation. The local health department has the authority to mandate mask-wearing in certain places and under certain circumstances, and we would take direction regarding masks from them.

What is an approved face covering? Do I have to wear it in my office?

The Required Face Covering Guidelines are intended to minimize ambiguity and promote consistency across campus in complying with face-covering recommendations. Refer to this guide for questions related to face coverings.

What if I am harassed, threatened, or bullied by anyone regarding mask decisions?

Report any student instances of threats, bullying, or harassment, either online or in person, to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. If you feel your safety may be in imminent danger, notify campus police immediately by calling 801-863-5555 or dialing 911.

Remote Work

What is the status of remote work across campus? Are there plans for a permanent remote work policy? If so, when will the policy details be shared with faculty and staff?

Temporary Remote Work Agreements ended on May 31, 2021.

A Remote Work Task Force, under the direction of President Tuminez, has put together a new permanent remote work process. For more information, please review the files on the HR Remote Work webpage in myUVU.

Each vice president has reviewed and identifying positions that must work on campus, those that may use a hybrid approach (partial work on campus/partial work remote), and those that may work on a fully remote basis. HR has developed training for supervisors and employees.

The work an employee performs when working remotely is no different from the work performed while working on campus. This option gives employees flexibility in where the work is done, allowing them to save time and money from having to commute to their campus workspace every day. Working remotely is not an entitlement nor is it a university-wide benefit. Remote work does not change the terms and conditions of employment with the university. Visit the Remote Work Information section of the Human Resources Website within myUVU for additional information.

Travel

View the Travel FAQ for information about travel guidelines.

Am I allowed to travel out of the state/country on personal travel?

We encourage you, when considering your personal travel choices, to follow travel advisories issued by the CDC and local and state authorities. Refer to the Travel FAQ for guidelines and more details.

Can I travel for business purposes?

All University-related travel is restricted and must be cancelled until further notice. As an exception to this restriction, travel considered business essential for the university must be approved by the divisional vice president prior to making travel arrangements. Please read the COVID-19 Travel Guidelines for additional details. Please contact the UVU Travel Office at travel@uvu.edu or ext. 8965 with any questions.

Vaccines

Where can I get a vaccine on campus?

During the summer the vaccine clinic is available in the Pope Science Building Atrium on Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The location changes to the SC on the second level across from the Student Health Center with the start of fall semester 2021 in August. Times to be announced. For more, go to: https://www.uvu.edu/covidinfo/testing/index.html .

Will vaccines be required?

No — we encourage you to consider vaccination as the vaccines are available on campus

Will I test positive after receiving the vaccine?

No. You will not test positive unless you have COVID-19. The non-invasive tests being performed at UVU test for infection, not antibodies.

Can my family also be vaccinated?

Yes — students, staff, faculty, and their immediate families are welcome to be vaccinated at UVU.

What type of vaccine does UVU administer?

Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.