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COVID-19 FAQs and healthcare resources

The information on this page includes answers to frequently asked questions, links to health resources, and forms for reporting a positive COVID-19 test, a COVID-19 close contact, or when you have received your vaccine. 

For answers to questions not found here, please fill out our online information form for the quickest response. On-campus faculty, staff and students click here. Parents and others not on campus, click here.

Where can I?

CDC: Find COVID-19 Vaccines or Boosters Near You 

When you do receive your COVID-19 vaccination, be sure to report it here immediately. Students entering UD for the first time in fall 2022 can report their vaccination record according to the instructions they received in their welcome packet.


Students can get tested at the Student Health Center 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays May 9-14 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Aug. 11. Regular weekday hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. resume Tuesday, Aug. 16, after a University holiday Aug. 15. at the Student Health Center, by appointment only. The Student Health Center can offer self-administered tests if all available times are booked. On-campus testing for employees is not available.

Tests also may be available through your healthcare provider or Ohio's testing center website. Outside Ohio, visit your state health department’s website for testing location. The type of COVID-19 tests offered may differ by location. 


Click here to disclose if you have COVID-19 or have been determined to be a close contact of someone with COVID-19.


Upload your official COVID-19 vaccination card, which includes your full name, date of birth and vaccine details on the confidential "Report Your Vaccine" portal. Students entering UD for the first time in fall 2022 should follow the reporting instructions in their welcome packet. 

Upload record of your booster, along with the same information, here. 

You also can email your vaccine card to covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu or email that address to request a Zoom meeting to show your card. 

For both students and employees, reporting your vaccination record, including your booster, is highly recommended so we can track the level of immunity in the UD community.   

The confidential process used for collecting and storing COVID-19 vaccination information is similar to the process all first-year students follow to submit vaccination information. Your vaccination information will be treated confidentially; it is not tied to employment or academic records. The University will attempt to protect the privacy of individuals who have a positive COVID-19 test result, especially within the UD community. However, the University will coordinate with public health officials so that appropriate measures, such as contact tracing, can be taken to slow the spread of infection. Certain campus and public health officials will need to know the identity of anyone who tests positive.  

Once you upload your vaccination record, you should receive a confirmation email from notify@teamdynamixapp.com with the subject line "[Confidential] Report of COVID-19 Vaccination Received." 

UD employees must first report their full COVID-19 vaccination and upload their record before submitting a request to Human Resources to replenish their sick time (up to 24 hours from the time of the vaccine for side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations).


The Student Health Center is open 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays May 9-14 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Aug. 11. Regular weekday hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. resume Tuesday, Aug. 16, after a University holiday Aug. 15. During regular hours, students can call the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131 to schedule an appointment with one of the University's board-certified primary care physicians or registered nurses. In addition to checkups and urgent care, the Student Health Center provides a broad spectrum of comprehensive services

Click here for information on the Counseling Center. If you are in crisis, call the Counseling Center at 937-229-3141 during business hours, Public Safety at 937-229-2121, or the National Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255, or text “Help” to 741741. 

Employees should consult with their primary care provider.


If you didn't receive the vaccine card or lost it, your first step is to contact your vaccination provider. If you can't contact your provider, you can contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). All vaccination providers must report COVID-19 vaccinations to the IIS. State health departments will either email or mail a copy of your vaccination card, although it may take one to two weeks.


General information about healthcare resources

COVID-19 in young adults is often mild or asymptomatic, but people of all ages may experience mild to serious lingering effects, even after minor infections, which include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, exercise intolerance or brain fog.  

Student Health Center hours are 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays May 9-14 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Aug. 11. Regular weekday hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. resume Tuesday, Aug. 16, after a University holiday Aug. 15. During regular hours, students can call the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131 to schedule an appointment with one of the University's board-certified primary care physicians or registered nurses. In addition to checkups and urgent care, the Student Health Center provides a broad spectrum of comprehensive services

Click here for information on the Counseling Center. If you are in crisis, call the Counseling Center at 937-229-3141 during business hours, Public Safety at 937-229-2121, or the National Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255, or text “Help” to 741741. 

Additionally, students dealing with long-term effects of COVID-19 may seek academic accommodations through their adviser or dean's offices or mental health support through the University's Counseling Center.  

College of Arts and Sciences dean's office - casdean@udayton.edu
School of Business Administration dean's office - sbadean@udayton.edu
School of Education and Health Sciences - sehs_assistant_dean@udayton.edu
School of Engineering - Michelle Strunks
School of Law - Lee Ann Ross 

Employees should consult with their primary care provider or contact the Lifeworks Employee Assistance Program.


Isolation Procedures for Confirmed Positive Cases 

The University will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened isolation period for the general population of five days.

  • Students living within 200 miles of campus are expected to isolate at their permanent residence. Otherwise, students should isolate in-place. There are a limited number of isolation spaces available for special circumstances; having students isolate off-campus or in place on campus will help keep these spaces open. Employees should isolate at home.
  • Students should stop going to class and employees should not go to work in person. Employees should work remotely if able. 
  • Wear KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical masks for 10 days when around others, which the University will provide to you.
  • Do not go out for food. Students isolating in place following a positive test have the following dining options: Have a friend pick up food and leave it outside their door; Use GET delivery via the GET app 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (Marycrest menu only) and Sunday (Marycrest, Fly By and Au Bon Pain menus only); or use a food delivery service. Students in UD's special isolation housing can use one of those methods, or let their representative from UD Housing and Residence Life know they would like prepared meals from UD catering during their transition to isolation housing. Students using GET delivery via the GET app can pay with their meal plan or Flyer Express. Students using UD catering delivery can pay with their meal plan or Flyer Express, or have their student account billed. 
  • Instructors will be notified of a student's absence from class for a COVID-19 life event. Any student in quarantine or isolation must coordinate with their supervisor or class instructor regarding time away from work or the classroom. Remote learning is no longer an automatic option for students.

Quarantine Procedures for Close Contacts

If you are unvaccinated…

  • You are permitted to go to class; however, it is very important to wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask, which the University will provide to you. This approach aligns with the state of Ohio's guidance. Nearly two years of this pandemic have demonstrated clearly that in-person learning is crucial to student well-being and academic success at the University of Dayton, and remote learning, especially at the start of the semester, can create significant, long-term academic and life challenges for many students. It's important to remain in the classroom, but please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your classmates safe.
  • Outside of the classroom, quarantine in place for five days; wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask for 10 days, which the University will provide to you; and do not attend social gatherings. Unvaccinated students who are close contacts and must quarantine can get grab-and-go food from the dining halls wearing a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask, order delivery to leave outside their door, or have others pick up/make food for them.
  • Employees should work remotely if able. Anyone who cannot work remotely may return to work if asymptomatic. However, it is very important to wear a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask, which the University will provide to you.
  • If asymptomatic, test within 3-5 days of learning known exposure.
  • If symptoms develop, test immediately and stop attending class.
  • See "Testing" section above for where to obtain tests. 
  • Any student in quarantine or isolation must coordinate with their supervisor or class instructor regarding time away from work or the classroom. Remote learning is no longer an automatic option for students. 

If vaccinated…

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days. The University's preferred face covering is a KN95 or Fluidshield Level 3 medical mask.
  • Test on day 3-5 from when the exposure occurred, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home. 

Contact Tracing

  • If you are considered to be a close contact of someone who tests positive, notify the University on this self-disclosure form. This gets you into the system so that a contact tracer can reach out to you. Your contact tracer will email you with quarantine instructions. 

Close contact means:

  • You were within six feet of someone indoors who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period and NOT wearing a mask — starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • You are a housemate or roommate of someone testing positive with COVID-19.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
  • More information is available from the CDC. 

How will UD identify close contacts?

  • Anyone who knows they are a close contact should report that here and a tracer will email quarantine instructions.The University’s team of trained contact tracers will interview those diagnosed with COVID-19 to identify their close contacts on campus. The person with COVID-19 will be asked to notify their close contacts to ask them to submit a close contact ticket here. Roommates or housemates of someone who has identified as testing positive would be considered a close contact and should follow the quarantine procedures. 

Why is the health department calling me when I've already talked to a contact tracer at UD?

  • Students may also receive legally required calls from Public Health Dayton-Montgomery County or the health department for your permanent residence. Students are required to speak with these tracers as well. 

What if I'm a close contact of a close contact?

  • According to the CDC, close contact (for purposes of quarantine requirements, etc.) is any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period 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.  

Additional information

  • Fully vaccinated means two weeks have elapsed after the second dose of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Students quarantining off campus can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their areas.
  • Employees can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their area.
  • In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your contact tracer, primary care physician, or the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131.

In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your primary care physician regarding symptoms or email covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu for isolation/quarantine concerns. Serious symptoms require an immediate call to your doctor or 911.


Vaccine FAQs

All vaccines have proven to be close to 100% effective in preventing severe illness and death attributable to COVID-19, especially when boosters are administered. Learn more about vaccines here (CDC).


In speaking about the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, Pope Francis said: "I believe that ethically everyone must take the vaccine. It is not an option; it is an ethical action, because you are playing with your health, you are playing with your life, but you are also playing with the lives of others." The Vatican's doctrinal office also has said it is morally acceptable for Catholics to take the vaccines. 

Additional guidance comes from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has stated that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine "ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good." 

Additionally, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provide additional guidance regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine here: U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine. 

Catholic Cares, a coalition of U.S. Catholic organizations, encourages the public to get vaccinated, provides information about the teachings of Pope Francis and U.S. Catholic Bishops on accepting the vaccine.


If a UD employee requests that Human Resources replenish their sick time (up to 24 hours from the time of the vaccine for side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations), then they must report their full COVID-19 vaccination and upload their record here.


Protocols

Face coverings are optional on the University of Dayton campus, except in health care and other specialized settings. You can read the University's current guidance on face coverings here.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with any of the following symptoms may have COVID-19. Do not come to work or class if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated. Contact your primary care physician for evaluation and possible testing.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC continues to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19 and its variants. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19. Read more here.


For employees and students

If you are a resident of or work in a community where there is an ongoing spread of COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance calls for you to monitor your health and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop COVID-19 symptoms.  

If someone exhibits symptoms while on campus, they should leave campus immediately and consult their primary care provider who will decide whether they need to be tested. If they don't have a primary care provider, you can reach out to a telehealth service, such as LiveHealthOnline, which is available to those with health insurance through the university. 

Supervisors (with the support and involvement of HR as needed) should ask employees who are exhibiting symptoms to go home and contact their healthcare provider for further evaluation, including when it is safe to return to work. We ask staff to cooperate with supervisors for the well-being of all. 

If you have been identified by the public health department as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are being tested for the virus, please contact your healthcare provider, work remotely and self-quarantine until a healthcare professional determines you do not have or are free of the virus. In addition to following health department guidance about self-quarantine, here are additional recommended precautions from the CDC for household members, intimate partners and caregivers in a non-healthcare setting of a patient with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, or a patient under investigation. See CDC explanation of "close contact" here. 

Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or notified by public health officials they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must fill out this disclosure form. If you are positive for COVID-19, you should abide by CDC guidelines, including self-isolation. Call your healthcare provider or a telehealth provider to discuss self-care recommendations. You may be contacted to identify your close contacts so they can take precautions, including self-quarantine. If you need to go into a facility such as an urgent care center or an emergency room, call before you go and let the facility or 911 know that you are positive for COVID-19 and follow their instructions to prevent spread of the virus to healthcare providers, patients and others. 

If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, please email covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu. Please remember not to share the person's health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information may be protected by HIPAA and other laws. 

How long someone is actively infectious can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials. Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation includes a number of factors for doctors and public health experts to take into consideration. Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others. 

The University is asking everyone who can work from home to do so during isolation/quarantine. Please note seasonal flu and other respiratory viruses can occur year-round. While it is prudent to take symptoms seriously, do not assume you have or someone else has COVID-19 because they are unwell. 


Do not come to work or class if you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Contact your primary care physician for evaluation and possible testing. 

Anyone in quarantine or isolation must coordinate with their supervisor or class instructor regarding time away from work or the classroom. Remote learning is no longer an automatic option for students. 

Employees who must provide care to immediate family members who are ill are urged to use the available sick or vacation time per the policy; refer to the Benefits and Leave of Absence Handbook or your union contract (bargaining-unit members) or Benefits and Leaves of Absence Handbook for Faculty for additional details. 

Managers and supervisors must not pressure anyone to come to work if they are ill or need to stay at home to care for ill family members.   

If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, please contact covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu for guidance. Please remember not to share the person's health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information may be protected by HIPAA and other laws. We continue to be in close contact with regional public health officials to investigate cases and trace potential contacts. 

Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or notified by public health officials they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must fill out this disclosure form.  

The University is asking everyone who can work from home to do so during isolation/quarantine.

If you have specific questions about returning to campus, employees should consult with their supervisor or email pathforward@udayton.edu.