Tested Positive For COVID-19?

If you tested positive for COVID-19, here's what to do next.


 last reviewed/updated: 5/18/22

STEP 1: Self-Isolate

The University protocol for employees is available on the Human Resources’ page COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Protocol.

All Students:

Isolate for 5 days

  • After 5 full days of isolation, OFF CAMPUS students are encouraged (not required) to take an antigen test (not PCR) before discontinuing isolation. If the test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10.

  • After 5 full days of isolation, DORM students will be asked to retest with Campus Health at no cost. A negative result would release you from isolation and allow you to go to class and resume daily activities. Students will be emailed instructions on the retesting process on day 5 of their isolation.

Testing Options:

  • Antigen testing is available at Campus Health or through Pima County (fees may apply). 
  • Free at-home test kits are available via covidtests.gov.

Day 0 is the first day of symptoms OR the date you tested positive, whichever came first. You should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before leaving isolation.

isolation and retesting calendar

Self-isolation is critical to prevent the spread of the virus to others. See the additional CDC guidance for isolation.

IMPORTANT ISOLATION INFORMATION:

If you are a student living on-campus, you will isolate in place in your assigned dorm room. Plan to remain in isolation for 5-10 days (see Step 4 for discontinuing isolation). 

Here’s some helpful information for you:

 

These guides are here to answer your questions about your next steps and self-isolation:

STEP 2: Report Your Positive Test Result 

My positive COVID-19 test was performed ON campus:

  1. Complete the SAFER notification form to initiate the contact tracing process.

  2. Please answer the phone when contact tracers (SAFER) call to complete a case investigation interview. They will attempt to contact you within 48-72 hours of your positive test result. 

  3. If you have the WeHealth Arizona App, enter your code:

    • Tested on campus? Find your code in the test results portal.
    • Tested at Campus Health? Get your code from your provider.
    • Tested off campus? Call Campus Health at 520-621-6493 and have a copy of your lab results available to upload.

 

My positive COVID-19 test was performed
OFF campus:

  1. Upload your positive test result to the secure, HIPAA compliant Campus Health system. 

  2. Complete the SAFER notification form to initiate the contact tracing process.

  3. Please answer the phone when contact tracers (SAFER) call to complete a case investigation interview. They will attempt to contact you within 48-72 hours of your positive test result. 

  4. If you have the WeHealth Arizona App, enter your code:

    • Tested on campus? Find your code in the test results portal.
    • Tested at Campus Health? Get your code from your provider.
    • Tested off campus? Call Campus Health at 520-621-6493 and have a copy of your lab results available to upload.

STEP 3: Consider Treatment for COVID-19

If you're at risk for complications or a severe infection, consider getting evaluated and referred for treatment. Your health care provider or Campus Health can make the referral. Find out if you are at a higher risk.

STEP 4: Returning To Classroom/Work/Campus

After isolation, you can be around others when the following conditions are met:
 

Off-Campus Students

  • 5 days since symptoms first appeared (or positive test) AND
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
  • Antigen testing after day 5 is encouraged (not required) before discontinuing isolation. If the test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10.

Dorm Students: You must receive a negative result after 5 full days of isolation (retest with Campus Health). A negative result would release you from isolation and allow you to go to class and resume daily activities. If the test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10.

 

Not sure if it's safe to be around others? Contact your healthcare provider or call Campus Health at (520) 621-9202.

Returning To Work: If you need documentation to return to work, call Campus Health at (520) 621-9202.

Study Participation Opportunity 
University of Arizona researchers are investigating the transmission of COVID-19 within households. Participating households may be compensated up to $275 for collecting daily COVID-19 swabs over 10 days, two blood draws, and answering questions about their symptoms. Find out more and/or register in the Arizona Household Virus Study. 


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