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What to do if you feel ill or were exposed to COVID-19

All faculty, staff and students are expected to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19

Students: 

  • If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and do not attend work or class. If you are at work or in class when symptoms begin, you should go home immediately.  
  • Inform your instructor of your absence and contact PUSH at 765-494-1700 if you are symptomatic and need to schedule a test. 
  • If you test positive using an at-home COVID-19 test, you should follow the same steps: stay home and away from others. For assistance with absence notifications or isolation, contact PPHC at pphc@121.health.  

Faculty and staff: 

  • If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home. If you are at work when symptoms begin, you should go home immediately.  
  • If you are symptomatic and need to schedule a test, you can do so through the Center for Healthy Living.  
  • Faculty and staff seeking support for COVID-19 will need to work with their primary care provider or the CHL. 

If you have a high-risk exposure to someone who has COVID-19 

A high-risk exposure is defined by the extent of time spent together, masking and proximity: time greater than 15 minutes while within 6 feet of one another AND both individuals are not masked.  

The Protect Purdue Health Center’s medical protocol, based on CDC guidance and scientific reports, requires that: 

  • An unvaccinated and unboosted individual who has had a high-risk exposure may not attend class or work in-person and will be required to get tested after exposure, quarantine for 5 days and retest on day 6 after any and every high-risk exposure, regardless of symptoms. If day 6 test is negative and individual remains without symptoms, they may leave quarantine and must continue to be masked. 
  • A vaccinated and boosted individual who has had a high-risk exposure may continue with normal day-to-day activities, including attending class or work in-person, and will not be required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. Individuals must test 3-5 days after exposure.