If you get sick

UNC Health, Campus Health, the North Carolina and Orange County health departments and our infectious disease team have robust testing capabilities, reflecting state-of-the-art practices to limit virus spread.  Telehealth services, UNC Hospitals and the Employee Assistance Program are open and available to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care if needed.

Environment, Health and Safety has a screening checklist and other resources for employees. EHS/UEOHC recommends that employees (except Healthcare and COVID-19 researchers) utilize their primary care physician (PCP) to request SARS-CoV-2 testing.

Campus Health has a screening checklist and other resources for students. Campus Health provides COVID diagnostic testing for students, post-doctoral fellows and their eligible partners and spouses.

Students who have symptoms

Campus Health has developed robust and convenient COVID-19 testing capabilities for students, post-doctoral fellows and their eligible partners and spouses. Testing is done based on CDC recommendations for those with symptoms, those who do not have symptoms but came in close contact with someone who has tested positive and those who are in a CDC-defined high risk group.

Campus Health continues to evaluate options for rapid testing based on continued advancements in technology and the reliability of testing producing more rapid results. We anticipate having this capability at Campus Health by early Fall Semester.

If you test positive for COVID-19 but are not living on-campus or had a test performed at a facility other than Campus Health, please message Campus Health. See the Campus Health FAQs on the Campus Health website for more information.

See the University Guideline on  Health Monitoring for more specific details.

Students who test positive

If a student engaged in on-site instruction in Chapel Hill receives a positive test result the provider or entity who conducted the testing notifies the student of the result and is required to report the result to the Orange County Health Department.

If Campus Health did the testing, they immediately contact the student; if the testing was conducted elsewhere, Campus Health is notified by the Orange County Health Department of the positive result. Students who test positive because of testing performed outside Campus Health are encouraged to contact Campus Health so that contact tracing may be initiated if necessary.

Campus Health’s notification to others of a positive result is only done as part of contact tracing initiation. A cluster of students with positive results is reported by Campus Health to University leadership and to EHS/UEOHC. University Communications determines the release of non-identifying communications about clusters of positive results based on approved guidelines.

Complete information for students on testing is available on the Campus Health website.

Students who test negative

Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, per the University Guideline on  Health Monitoring.

Complete information for students on testing is available on the Campus Health website.

Isolation and Quarantine for Students

What is Isolation Housing?

Isolation Housing is for residential students who we have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

How long will students stay in Isolation Housing?

Campus Health will advise students of how long they should remain in isolation. In general, an isolation period will be determined depending on if/when students had an onset of symptoms. If students test positive but are asymptomatic, the isolation period will likely be 10- 14 days.

What is Quarantine Housing?

Quarantine Housing is for residential students who were in close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected to have Coronavirus (COVID-19).

How long will students stay in Quarantine Housing?

Campus Health will advise students of how long they should remain in quarantine. In general, close contacts quarantine for 14 days from the most recent encounter with the infectious person. People are considered to be infectious from 48 hours before their symptoms first appeared (or from the date of collection of their positive lab test if they did not have symptoms) until they are no longer required to be quarantined.

What should off-campus roommates do if someone gets sick or is quarantined?

For students living off campus, UNC Healthy Heels has suggested guidelines to help everyone exist more safely around one another.

The pages contains tips for if someone you are living with gets sick or tests positive or is quarantined. If it is not possible for the person who is sick or under quarantine to safely stay away from others in your residence, Campus Health or the Dean of Students can help.

How are students informed of all this information?

Those moving into isolation or quarantine housing will receive a Fact Sheet that provides information on dining logistics, package/mail delivery, emergency protocols, what to do about class and work absences, along with other important details.

As noted in the University Guideline on Health Monitoring, students, staff and faculty may not be present on the UNC campus while in isolation or quarantine, except for the limited purpose of seeking medical care. Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or instructed to quarantine by a medical professional, are taking in-person or have medical symptoms which inhibit their ability to complete coursework can submit a request to the University Approved Absence Office.

Employees who have symptoms

Employees who develop fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and contact their primary care provider to arrange for medical evaluation and testing. See the University Guideline on  Health Monitoring for more specific details.

Employees can complete a Protecting the Carolina Community from COVID-19 self-study unit containing important safety training information on the EHS website.

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Employee Occupational Health (UEOHC) recommend that employees (except Healthcare and COVID-19 researchers) utilize their primary care physician (PCP)to request SARS-CoV-2 testing.  EHS/UEOHC can be notified in multiple ways that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Healthcare COVID-19 Hotline
  • Direct calls to UEOHC by employee and/or supervisor
  • COVID-19 Wellness Self-Check web application
  • Local County Health Department

EHS/UEOHC receives results and notifies employees along with providing instructions regarding return to work, quarantine or self-isolation (travel, symptom monitoring).

EHS/UEOHC will notify Orange County Health Department or the County health department where employee resides. Orange County Health Department is notified anytime there is a possibility of workplace linked COVID-19 cases. EHS/UEOHC does not provide direct medical monitoring for positive employees as this is provided by the employee’s primary care provider.

EHS/UEOHC does provide return to work guidance for positives by phone or via the COVID-19 Wellness Self-Report web application.

Employees who test positive

Complete information for employees is on the EHS website.

EHS/UEOHC can be notified in multiple ways that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • Heathcare COVID-19 Hotline 
  • Direct calls to UEOHC by employee and/or supervisor 
  • COVID-19 Wellness Self-Check web application 
  • Local County Health Department 

EHS/UEOHC receives results and notifies employees along with providing instructions regarding return to work, quarantine, or self-isolation (travel, symptom monitoring). It is important to note that the University is testing and tracing for COVID-19 cases on campus, but for cases which occur off-campus or in the community the local health department will take the lead. Employees will work with EHS and the University to arrange work schedules and testing and tracing for on-campus contacts.

  • Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19/SARS-COV-2 or have a household contact who had tested positive for COVID-19/SARS-COV-2 in the past 14 days must be assessed and cleared by UEOHC prior to starting/returning to work.
  • Employees who call out from/leave work due to COVID-19/SARS-COV-2 symptoms must be assessed and cleared by UEOHC prior to starting/returning to work.
  • As noted in the University Guideline on Health Monitoring, students, staff and faculty may not be present on the UNC campus while in isolation or quarantine, except for the limited purpose of seeking medical care.

Employees who test negative

Complete information for employees is on the EHS website.

Even if you test negative, you should notify EHS and receive guidance on reporting to work since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, per the University Guideline on Health Monitoring. The University is monitoring and contact tracing for COVID-19 for cases on campus, but for exposure off-campus or in your community employees will need to check in with EHS and their supervisor.

  • Employees who are currently persons under investigation by a health department due to travel or other community-outbreak investigations must be assessed and cleared by UEOHC prior to starting/returning to work.
  • Employees who call out from/leave work due to COVID-19/SARS-COV-2 symptoms must be assessed and cleared by UEOHC prior to starting/returning to work.
  • EHS/UEOHC can provide return to work guidance for positives by phone or via the COVID-19 Wellness Self-Report web application.