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COVID-19 Health Resources

The University is committed to protecting the health and safety of our campus community. The steps we are taking follow the guidance of public health officials and are in the best interest of UD and the surrounding community.

The information below includes information about cases on campus, the testing protocol for students, tips on what to do and where to turn if you suspect you have COVID-19 or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19, how to keep yourself safe and healthy, and the latest public health guidance. 

Our highly residential campus environment and our responsibility to the larger issue of public health require us to be proactive, rather than reactive, in making decisions that affect the well-being of our community.

Additional resources can be found on the following pages:

COVID-19 updates on current UD operations

The Path Forward: UD's work to implement safety measures for the fall

For questions not answered by these websites, please email covid19@udayton.edu.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

The University remains committed to sharing information with you in a timely manner, especially dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic on our campus community. 

The University received notice, and has been in contact with Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County today that an individual who has been present on campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is in isolation until they have been cleared by health officials. This is the first known confirmed case of COVID-19 connected to the University of Dayton.

After discussion with local public health authorities the University performed an extensive deep sanitization and has isolated the areas with which the individual may have come into contact in accordance with applicable protocols and CDC recommendations. 

Public Health is following up with close contacts of this individual to determine their level of exposure and provide guidance about next steps, including self-quarantine. The process of contact tracing can take several days. 

In order to respect the privacy of this individual and comply with federal regulations regarding confidentiality, we will not identify the individual and no further information will be released. Ensuring the anonymity of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 is important so that they can focus fully on their health and the care they need.

Please join us in praying for the full and quick recovery of this person and in support of family, friends and close contacts.  

If you think you have been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, please visit the CDC's resources on COVID-19. More information for employees is available on the University's COVID-19 resources website.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing anxiety and distress for many of us, both on and off campus and resources are available for students as well as employees. The counseling center is available for students remotely. Students should call 937-229-3141 to discuss appointment options. Employees may contact the Lifeworks Employee Assistance Program or Campus Ministry at 937-229-3339. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge, and we want to thank everyone again for your support in the steps we must take to try to slow the spread of this disease and move toward in-person classes in the fall. We are proud of how the UD community is rising to this challenge and acting in the best interest of the common good.

We will continue to update you as necessary through email and on the COVID-19 resources website. Please send any additional questions you might have to covid19@udayton.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Mary Buchwalder M.D. 
Medical Director
University of Dayton


Case investigation and contact tracing, disease control measures employed by local and state health departments for decades, are key strategies for preventing further spread of COVID-19. The purpose is to isolate anyone who is sick, and identify and quarantine for 14 days anyone with whom they've had close contact. If close contacts develop symptoms, they are directed to seek medical care. The time for contact tracing varies depending on where the person with a suspected case and close contacts live, and if Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County needs to work with health departments in those jurisdictions. Additionally, sometimes it takes several days to get in touch with close contacts, especially if they live outside Montgomery County. 


 

What if I come in contact with someone tested for or diagnosed with COVID-19, or I live or work where there is COVID-19?

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 health care provider right away if you develop symptoms of COVID-19

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 health care provider, work remotely and self-quarantine until a health care professional determines you do not have or are free of the virus. See CDC explanation of "close contact" here.

Regardless of whether you have been exposed or are being tested, the University is asking everyone who can work from home to do so.

Please note the seasonal flu and other respiratory viruses are still prevalent in the area. While it is prudent to take symptoms seriously, do not assume you have or someone else has COVID-19 because they are unwell. 

I'm not feeling well. Who decides if I need to be tested? 
I am an employee who was sent home due to fever. What should I do?

Please call your health care provider who will decide whether you need to be tested. Your health care provider may consult with public health officials for additional guidance. If you 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.

Please note the seasonal flu and other respiratory viruses are still prevalent in the area. While it is prudent to take symptoms seriously, do not assume you have or someone else has COVID-19 because they are unwell. 

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you are positive for COVID-19, you should abide by CDC guidelines, including self-isolation. Call your health care provider or a telehealth provider to discuss self-care recommendations. The health department will trace your contacts to identify people recently in contact with you 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 health care providers, patients and others.

How long should I isolate myself?

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.

If I have been identified by the public health department as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are there steps I should take to help avoid getting sick?

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-health care setting of a patient with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, or a patient under investigation. See CDC explanation of "close contact" here.

I'm a supervisor. What if someone reports to me they have COVID-19?

If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, please call the Health Center at 937-229-3131 for guidance. Please remember not to share the person's health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is 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. 

I'm a supervisor. What should I do if I suspect someone has COVID-19?

Supervisors (with the support and involvement of HR as needed) should ask employees who are exhibiting symptoms to go home and contact their health care 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.

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The student health center is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To make an appointment, call 937-229-3131, press 1. If you have a fever or cough, press 2 to talk to a nurse first. Please call the health center first before coming to the center.

If you are feeling anxious or worried because of the news about COVID-19, students can call the counseling center and employees may contact Lifeworks Employee Assistance Program.

All University of Dayton Counseling Center services will be provided digitally or by telephone. Students can contact the counseling center at 937-229-3141 to discuss appointment options.


The student health center is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

To make an appointment, call 937-229-3131, press 1. If you have a fever or cough, press 2 to talk to a nurse first. Please call the health center first before coming to the center.

All University of Dayton Counseling Center services are being provided by Zoom or by telephone for new and existing clients. Students can contact the counseling center at 937-229-3141 to discuss appointment options. The counseling center has made every effort to contact existing clients to see how they are doing and offer services.

Services may be limited for students living outside Ohio because of certain state laws; check with the Counseling Center for details. 

Psychology Today and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association national helpline can provide referrals for anyone looking for a provider closer to home.

If you are in imminent danger of suicide, please call 911. If you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide and need to talk to someone, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 or text "Help" to 741741.