Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
University Health Services is available by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment. All students, whether on campus or at home, can call UHS for consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (574) 631-7497.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild respiratory illness with symptoms of
- Cough (not from a chronic or known condition)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches (not explained by exercise)
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat (not from a chronic or known condition)
Secondary symptoms may include:
- Congestion or runny nose (not from a chronic or known condition)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Unexplained fatigue
How can I help protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventative actions.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine series
If you think you're sick?
If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you have been in close contact with a COVID-19-positive patient, wear a KN95 mask, obtain an at-home test kit, and contact your healthcare provider by phone. Both the KN95 masks and at-home test kits are available at the Walgreens in Saint Liam Hall.
How do I get tested for COVID-19?
Students are strongly encouraged to obtain an at-home test kit and upload the results into their patient portal. If unable to obtain an At Home Test kit, call UHS (574) 631-7497 for further assistance. If students have tested positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus testing site, it is critical they upload their external test results. If positive, students will be contacted and offered guidance on quarantining or self-isolation to prevent further transmission within the campus community.
It is easy for students (both undergraduate and graduate) to share their external test results.
- On the test result/sample, write your full name and the date of the test. Take the COVID-19 At-Home test and await the result
- Once results are obtained, take a picture of the result along with your NDID card, with the name and date information clearly visible
Choose the appropriate negative or positive label in your patient portal for your image and upload it. A secure message will be sent based on the results
- If the result is positive, immediately begin isolating in your room. Mask for 10 days from the date of the test, however, isolation will end after 5 days provided your symptoms are resolving
- If the result is negative, continue to monitor your symptoms and if symptoms continue for another 24 hours or worsen, test again and contact UHS to speak with a nurse about your symptoms
- A positive At-Home test result must be uploaded within 4 hours from the time that it was taken or it will be considered invalid and may require a confirmatory test at UHS
- Day 0 will be the date of the positive At-Home test upload (as stated above)
- The secure message from the result of any positive COVID test, including At-Home COVID test kits, will be considered the documentation of illness for professors
- Positive uploads may be randomly selected for a mandatory confirmatory test
- Note, a COVID infection implies clinical immunity for a 90-day period. Thus, all other positive COVID At-Home test results uploaded prior to 90 days from Day 0 will not be considered valid. Situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A PCR test may be used to verify test results under these circumstances.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands frequently, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.