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

All faculty, staff and students are expected to monitor for and report all symptoms of COVID-19 to the Protect Purdue Health Center. 

First Steps 

  • If you are sick, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for 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 supervisor (faculty or staff) or instructor (students) of your absence and contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043. (A call tree option is available after hours.) You will be connected with a registered nurse case manager, who will help determine the appropriate course of care, which could include self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test.

Next Steps

  • 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. 
  • Do not return to work or class until you receive clearance to do so from the Protect Purdue Health Center.
  • Information and resources for anyone in isolation or quarantine are available from the Protect Purdue Health Center.

How long must I miss in-person class or work if I 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 at least one individual is not masked. 

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

  • An unvaccinated individual who has had a high-risk exposure may not attend class or work in-person and will be required to quarantine for 14 days after any and every high-risk exposure, regardless of symptoms.
  • A vaccinated 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

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