Reporting, Monitoring, and Identifying Potential Cases​

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Suspected Cases Reporting Policy and Procedures

Anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 F ​or above, who tests positive for COVID-19, or who has been in close contact with anyone who is COVID-19 positive, is required to notify Cosiano Health Center.  Even if you consult your family physician, we still require that you notify the Cosiano Health Center so we can accurately complete contact tracing per the Hancock Public Health Department’s request of the University.

 

Daily Self Health Assessments

Daily self-monitoring for symptoms and temperature checking is required.  Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher must call Cosiano Health Center and must not attend class or come to work. Other symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, diarrhea, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should carefully monitor and contact Cosiano Health Center should their symptoms worsen or be accompanied by a fever. 

 

The University is providing access to an online daily health monitoring tool (available here). This can be used by all employees and students.

 

Testing Policy

COVID-19 testing will take place at the Cosiano Health Center​ according to the following guidelines:

  • The University’s physician in the Cosiano Health Center can order testing if the individual meets the criteria for a possible infection. The cost of the testing will be incurred by the individual.  Voluntary and walk-in testing is not permitted at this point. 

  • Those being tested should stay in quarantine until test results are received (could be several days), and self-monitor twice daily for fever and symptoms. 

  • For employees who are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to perform university business related duties at a location not owned or controlled by the University of Findlay, the cost of the test will be incurred by the University.

  • For students required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to perform academic-related activities, the cost of the test will be incurred by the individual in accordance with other policies related to student health screenings.


Isolation Policy

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those who have tested positive but are asymptomatic) from people who are not infected. 

 

Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 need to stay in isolation, which should include a private room with their own bathroom. They should remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms; until they are fever-free without the use of medications for three days; and until improvement of symptoms (beyond fever) is occurring

 

  • Students living on campus will be provided separate housing. The Cosiano Health Center will follow up daily making sure that the patient is monitoring symptoms and taking their temperature twice daily. Security will follow up daily to verify the patient is maintaining isolation. Food, water, and hygiene products will be made available to the individual.

  • Students and employees residing off campus may stay in isolation at their residence. The Cosiano Health Center will periodically check with the patient to ensure they are monitoring symptoms and taking their temperature twice daily.

  • Students required to isolate should notify the Oiler Success Center and their individual instructors for guidance on continuing course work.

  • Employees required to isolate should notify their supervisor. The supervisor will then notify the Cosiano Health Center and work with Human Resources in regard to managing the absence.

 

In accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, the University will notify local health officials, employees, and students immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) and other applicable laws and regulations. 


Quarantine and Self-Monitoring Policy

Quarantine is used to keep someone who was 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. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you are expected to quarantine and notify the Cosiano Health Center. For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Incidental contact doesn’t require that you quarantine, but you should self-monitor. Examples of incidental contact include passing someone outside, being more than six feet away from someone while everyone is wearing masks, being across a large meeting room from someone, etc. ​


People in quarantine should separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

 

  • Students living on campus will be provided separate housing. The Cosiano Health Center will follow up daily making sure that the patient is monitoring symptoms and taking their temperature twice daily. Security will follow up daily to verify the patient is maintaining quarantine. Food, water, and hygiene products will be made available to the individual.

  • Students and employees residing off campus may stay in quarantine at their residence. The Cosiano Health Center will periodically check with the patient to ensure they are monitoring symptoms and taking their temperature twice daily.

  • Students required to quarantine should notify the Oiler Success Center and their individual instructors for guidance on continuing course work.

  • Employees required to quarantine should notify their supervisor. The supervisor will then notify the Cosiano Health Center and work with Human Resources in regard to managing the absence.


Questions or concerns about contact you may have had with a COVID positive individual, should be directed to the Cosiano Health Center.​


Contact Tracing

All members of the University of Findlay community will be expected to cooperate with the University’s and Hancock Public He​alth’s​ contact tracing efforts. Individuals with a positive COVID-19 test will be interviewed about the persons they encountered during the time they may have been infectious prior to the positive test or to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone encountered will be asked to 

  • Quarantine if recommended by local public health officials. 

  • Follow campus health and safety measures.