FAQ

Protect Purdue Health Center

All West Lafayette faculty, staff and students — as well as family members of faculty and staff directly affiliated with the West Lafayette campus — can utilize PPHC at no cost.

Dedicated nurse case managers from the Protect Purdue Health Center will provide guidance and help coordinate next steps for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Positive individuals will be required to self-isolate and be on campus or participate in public activity for any reason until they receive medical clearance from the Protect Purdue Health Center. Contact tracers will identify and, when necessary, contact individuals who have been in high-risk close contact with someone who has tested positive. Academic case managers will be assigned to students who test positive to help ensure they don’t fall behind academically.

The case manager will work with the individual through the entire process to ensure a safe return to work or the classroom.

All positive tests are reported to the CDC by the Department of Health or the laboratory processing the test. To protect your personal health information, please do not email or call, or post on social media your test results.

Yes. Faculty, staff and students should work through the PPHC.

No. Testing and case management associated with PPHC is free for students, employees and family members of faculty and staff directly affiliated with the West Lafayette campus.

Quarantine: Keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Individuals in quarantine should stay home for 14 days, separate themselves from others, monitor their health and follow directions from the Protect Purdue Health Center. You may leave your home to get grab-and-go food and eat at home. For more from the CDC on quarantine, go here.

Isolate/Isolation: Separating people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 as well as those with no symptoms). Individuals with active cases are asked to isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms begin and 24 hours after their fever has broken, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with the improvement of other symptoms. Individuals in isolation must not leave their home except for emergencies. They should monitor their health and follow directions from the Protect Purdue Health Center. For more from the CDC on isolation, go here.

A handout on quarantine and isolation is also available.

We expect everyone to work with the PPHC to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and to protect the health of the entire campus community. Refusing to be tested or quarantined would be inconsistent with the Protect Purdue Pledge and will impact an individual’s ability to remain on campus.

If an individual tests positive, PPHC nurse case managers will continue to monitor the individual while in isolation. If it is determined that further healthcare is necessary, PPHC will help coordinate care for the individual. Get more information about quarantine and isolation.

We are asking any student, faculty or staff member tested outside of the PPHC to inform the PPHC in order to support the Protect Purdue Pledge.

As part of the Protect Purdue Pledge, students, faculty and staff are expected to follow the directions provided by the case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center, including any testing, contact tracing and quarantine or isolation instructions. Refusing to be tested or quarantined would be inconsistent with the Protect Purdue Pledge and will impact an individual’s ability to remain on campus.

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