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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. 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, by appointment only 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 

Tests are available at After Hours Urgent Care, located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Make an appointment via the link.

COVID-19 rapid self tests (limit two per person) are available to students, faculty and staff at the Student Health Center, After Hours Urgent Care in Marianist Hall, the Kennedy Union information desk; and the front desks of Roesch Library, Stuart Hall and Adele Hall, along with these instructions.

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. 

Testing is recommended for anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or on the fifth day after the last exposure to someone known to have COVID-19.


Click here to disclose if you have COVID-19. 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, may 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.


Vaccinations are highly effective at preventing severe illness and death, and we still encourage our community to consider them. However, because vaccinations are less effective in curbing the spread of COVID-19, we've found monitoring the vaccination rate to be a less effective strategy at this point in the pandemic.  

While it's no longer necessary to report your vaccination, UD employees must report their full COVID-19 vaccination to Human Resources to replenish any sick time used (up to 24 hours from the time of the vaccine for side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations).

All new incoming students must provide proof of MMR and COVID-19 immunizations or request an exemption based on medical, religious or philosophical reasons. All students must also complete the Tuberculosis (TB) screening questionnaire. More information for incoming confirmed students can be found on Porches. 


The Student Health Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 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

After Hours Urgent Care, located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Make an appointment via the link. 

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 at 988 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.  

The Student Health Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  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

After Hours Urgent Care, located in Marianist Hall, across from the Student Health Center and above the bookstore is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Make an appointment via the link. 

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 at 988 or text “Help” to 741741. 

Additionally, students dealing with long-term effects of COVID-19 may seek academic accommodations through the Office of Learning Resources, their academic adviser or dean's office; 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 - soeadvisingoffice@udayton.edu 
School of Law - Lee Ann Ross, Mary Beth Miller or Shannon Penn 

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 may isolate in place or choose to go home as long as they do not take public transportation. 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 should have a friend pick up food (can use the GET app) and leave it outside their door.
  • Instructors will be notified of a student's absence from class for a COVID-19 life event. Any student in 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.

 Close Contacts 

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. 

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

  • Up-to-date on vaccines 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; and you have received all recommended boosters for your age or risk group.
  • Students who are close contacts can be tested at the Student Health Center or After Hours Urgent Care, by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their areas, or they can self-test.
  • Employees can be tested by their primary care physician or an urgent care in their area or administer a self-test.
  • In all cases, if you have questions, please consult your contact tracer, primary care physician, the Student Health Center at 937-229-3131, or email covidhealthreporting@udayton.edu. 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.


UD employees must report their full COVID-19 vaccination to Human Resources to replenish any sick time used (up to 24 hours from the time of the vaccine for side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations).


Protocols

Montgomery County has a low community level of COVID-19, which means the Centers for Disease Control recommends "people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask."

While optional, masks are required in health care and other specialized settings on campus, including but not limited to the Student Health Center and After Hours Urgent Care. You can read the University's current guidance on face coverings here.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms should not go to class, should get tested and should wear a mask until results are known. Wearing a well-fitting medical grade mask (such as Fluidshield Level 3 or KN95) continues to be a valuable form of protection for those at higher risk of infection and should continue for people who are not up-to-date on their vaccines, especially indoors and in crowded settings. We will continue to provide medical grade masks for use, which employees can order via Runway or get from your COVID-19 building liaisons. Students can find masks at the locations listed below. Please support and respect individuals who choose to wear masks. 

  • The front desks of all residence halls
  • KU information Desk
  • Daniel J. Curran Place front desk
  • RecPlex main desk
  • UD Bookstore
  • Student Health Center
  • Roesch Library front desk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – 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. Employees should contact their primary care physician for evaluation and possible testing and students should contact the Health Center.

  • 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 employees exhibit 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, they 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, follow these instructions. 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 must fill out this disclosure form. If you are positive for COVID-19, you should abide by CDC guidelines, including self-isolation. Employees should call their healthcare provider or a telehealth provider to discuss self-care recommendations and students should contact the Health Center. 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. 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. Employees should contact their primary care physician for evaluation and possible testing and students should contact the Health Center. 

Anyone in 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 must fill out this disclosure form.  

The University is asking everyone who can work from home to do so during isolation. If you have specific questions about returning to campus, employees should consult with their supervisor or email pathforward@udayton.edu.