We want all our students, faculty, staff and patients to remain well. Continue practicing preventive care, such as regular hand-washing and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. For additional information, please reference the About Coronavirus page.
What should I do if I feel ill or may have been exposed to COVID-19?
If you’re feeling sick, call first before seeking medical care.
Faculty, staff, graduate assistants, post-doctoral fellows and other employees who feel sick or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should:
- Stay at home, remain isolated from others and wear a mask at all times.
- Contact your supervisor immediately. Your supervisor will complete the WVU Illness Reporting Form.
- Contact your primary healthcare provider or call WVU Medicine at 304-598-6000 (Option 4) – let them know that you are a University employee. Your healthcare provider or those answering the WVU Medicine phone will perform an assessment, provide advice and determine if testing is needed.
- If your symptoms continue to escalate, seek immediate emergency care.
- You may be contacted by University officials for additional information.
If you are currently awaiting COVID-19 test results, please self-isolate until results are final. If you have received a positive test result, please continue to self-isolate per CDC guidelines. Local health department authorities will be in contact with further guidance.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
- The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) established a hotline to address public and medical provider questions and concerns regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304 to provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.
- To contact the Monongalia County Health Department, call 304-598-5100.
- Additional resources are also available through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
- Visit the CDC for the latest testing information, as well as an online coronavirus self-checker.
- If you have a specific question regarding general University procedures moving forward, please direct it to email@example.com.
Self-quarantine guidelines are as follows:
- Remain at home. Do not attend any gatherings and avoid public places until 14 days after leaving a hotspot or coming in contact with a symptomatic individual.
- Contact your healthcare provider – If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient or recently have traveled to a high-risk area (domestic or internationally), contact your primary healthcare provider or call WVU Medicine at 304-598-6000 (option 4).
- Stay home except to get medical care – You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing services or taxis.
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home:
- People – As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. You also should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Animals – You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it still is recommended that people with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor – If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed.
- Wear a facemask – You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are unable to wear a facemask (e.g., because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in your residence should not stay in the same room with you or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes – Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
- Clean your hands often – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid sharing personal household items – You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day – High-touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool or body fluids on them.
- Monitor your symptoms – Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening. Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have (or are being evaluated for) COVID-19. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have (or are being evaluated for) COVID-19.
- Discontinuing home isolation – Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
Use of Masks
As COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, WVU will require in the Fall that all faculty, staff, students and visitors wear masks while on campus.
WVU Health Sciences currently requires that all patients, students, faculty and staff wear masks or face coverings on the Health Sciences campus at all times.
Returning to Work
- The employee or a member of their immediate family has had exposure to COVID-19, displays symptoms of the disease or is in self-quarantine.
- The employee or a member of their immediate family has a confirmed case of COVID-19 and is recuperating.
- The employee or a member of their immediate family is considered vulnerable (i.e., older adults and individuals who have serious chronic medical condition) to becoming very sick if they contract COVID-19.
- The employee is pregnant or has a spouse or member of their household who is pregnant.
Contact WVU Medical Management at MedicalManagement@mail.wvu.edu at 304-293-5700 ext. 8 to develop a return-to-work plan tailored to your specific situation before resuming normal work activities (on campus or via an alternative work arrangement).
COVID-19 Faculty Accommodation Request
A COVID-19-related accommodation may occur for a set period of time, within the basic contract period, during which a faculty member’s work assignment or terms and conditions of employment may be changed to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure for faculty members who are at higher risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC or live with someone who is higher risk. Learn more here.