University Guideline on Health Monitoring
Reason for Guideline
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to promoting the health and safety of all students, staff and faculty, as well as guests and visitors to our campus. Our ability to successfully provide a residential, in-person educational experience depends upon each member of the University community adhering to guidelines adopted for our collective health and safety. Each person has a responsibility to know and act in accordance with all applicable University guidelines and policies, as referenced in our Community Standards.
Each member of the University community has a responsibility to take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition to wearing face coverings and observing physical distancing requirements, each individual should diligently monitor their own personal health and, as necessary, take steps to avoid contact with others if they are or may be positive for the coronavirus. All members of the University community should be familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19 and should seek medical care when appropriate, including complying with medical guidance designed to reduce further transmission of the virus.
COVID-19 Symptoms and Personal Health Monitoring
All members of the University community should carefully monitor their health every day. The following COVID-19 Monitoring Checklist should be considered each day before attending class, work, or other in-person campus activities:
- Do you have new muscle aches not related to another medical condition or another specific activity (e.g., due to physical exercise)?
- Do you feel like you may have a temperature of greater than 100.0°F?
- Do you have sore throat, runny nose and/or congestion not related to another medical condition (e.g., allergies)?
- Do you have a new or worsening cough that is not related to another medical condition?
- Do you have shortness of breath that is not attributable to another medical condition?
- Do you have recent (<5 days) loss of smell and/or taste?
- Do you have new onset of vomiting or diarrhea not related to another medical condition?
- Have you had recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
If you answer yes to any of the questions above, do not attend class, work or other in-person campus activities and contact your medical provider.
Students can access Campus Health at 919-966-2281 or via the Healthy Heels Patient Portal.
COVID Testing/Contact Tracing
Medical testing for COVID-19 continues to evolve. All students, staff, and faculty should follow the advice of their health care provider with respect to being tested for the coronavirus. On campus, testing is performed based on CDC guidelines which recommends testing for (1) those exhibiting symptoms, (2) those who do not have symptoms but have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, and (3) those who are in a CDC-defined high risk group.
For any individual who tests positive, the local health department is required to be notified. Any student, staff, or faculty member who tests positive through a medical provider off-campus is required to notify Campus Health (students and post docs) or the Employee Occupational Health Clinic (staff and faculty) of the positive test.
Campus Health, in coordination with the local health department, conducts close contact tracing when students test positive for COVID-19. For employees who test positive, Environment, Health and Safety (“EHS”) and Employee Occupational Health (UEOHC) will initiate contact tracing that occurred in the workplace/on-campus only. The county where the employee resides is responsible for contact tracing outside of the workplace/off-campus. The University uses the following CDC definition of a close contact:
“Any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before symptom onset for symptomatic individuals and 2 days prior to positive specimen collection for asymptomatic individuals.”
Consistent with CDC guidance, individuals who maintain at least 6 feet physical separation in a classroom or congregate setting while wearing a face covering will not typically be considered a close contact.
Individuals who test positive or who are identified as close contacts will receive instructions on isolation or quarantine which may extend up to 14 days. During a period of isolation or quarantine, students, staff, and faculty are not permitted to attend class, work on-site, or participate in in-person campus activities. All students, staff, and faculty are expected to comply with all isolation or quarantine requirements as prescribed by University staff. Campus Health and EHS/UEOHC will provide guidance to students and staff/faculty respectively on when an individual may safely return to class or work. No one is permitted to resume regular campus activities following a period of isolation or quarantine until approved to do so.
In order to support the health of all members of the community, we expect all students, staff, and faculty to provide complete and accurate information regarding potential close contacts. Any information provided will be used only for the purpose of providing health support to individuals who have potentially been exposed to the virus. Names of those who have tested positive for the virus are not shared with potential close contacts.
Isolation or quarantine may be required if you test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Isolation is for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed to have it based on symptoms. Quarantine is for people who have been exposed to the virus, but not yet diagnosed. BOTH mean staying physically apart from others to prevent the spread of infection.
All individuals should follow the guidance of their health care provider. Students who are asked to isolate or quarantine (whether on- or off-campus) should connect with Campus Health. Campus Health will regularly communicate with students (daily for those in isolation and every other day for those in quarantine) and assist in coordinating testing, contact tracing, and other services as needed. Two residence halls have been made available to support on-campus students requiring isolation or quarantine. Most students living in off-campus locations will have the flexibility to isolate or quarantine in their existing living space.
Employees who require isolation and quarantine should consult with EHS/UEOHC before returning to work. Additional information may be found at the EHS website.
Isolation and quarantine are important components of limiting the spread of COVID-19 to others. Students, staff, and faculty should consult with and follow the advice of their medical provider and avoid contact with others.
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 isolating or quarantining in designated on-campus locations must follow all instructions from Campus Health and Carolina Housing.
Duration of Guideline
This guideline is effective when published in the Roadmap and will remain in effect indefinitely until withdrawn or modified as guided by appropriate health officials.
Compliance and Enforcement
Compliance with this guideline and other measures adopted in furtherance of campus health and safety are integral to the University’s ability to promote a safe and healthy environment for all members of the University community and to provide an effective in-person educational experience. As such, except as otherwise provided herein, all provisions of this guideline are mandatory.
The University encourages all members of the University community to recognize the demonstrated public health benefits of health monitoring, testing and contact tracing, and isolation/quarantine to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To assist in achieving universal compliance, the University will provide ongoing communication and education regarding its Community Standards and guidelines. For students, compliance with this guideline is a condition of continued in-person enrollment and access to campus property. Failure to comply with this guideline may result in administrative action, including, but not limited to, restriction on access to or use of University facilities, removal from University housing, disenrollment from one or more in-person courses, transition to remote-only instruction and/or other interventions necessary to effect compliance and protect the well-being of the campus community. In the case of willful failure to comply with the provisions of this guideline and/or repeated violations, the University may pursue additional disciplinary actions in accordance with relevant University policies. For staff and faculty, compliance with this guideline is an expectation of employment and non-compliance may result in disciplinary action in accordance with applicable personnel policies.