COVID-19 on Campus
The University responds quickly to reports related to COVID-19. The University is guided by expertise from One to One Health’s COVID Services, the Hamilton County Health Department, the Tennessee Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
3 Reasons for Quarantine
- I have been tested for COVID-19 infection and the results are pending.
- I have had an exposure to someone who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID.
- I have traveled by plane (domestic or international).
When should I fill out a COVID-19 Form?
I have been tested for COVID-19 infection and my test result is positive, I have come in direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or I have symptoms of COVID-19.
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
- Student is tested
- If residential student, Housing is notified to prep possible isolation space.
- Test returns positive
- Residential student:
Housing is notified; student isolates for a minimum of 10 days
- Non-residential student:
Student isolates for a minimum of 10 days
- Residential student:
- Contact tracing begins and close contacts are notified
What if my test is negative?
The accuracy of testing for COVID is not 100%. People who are sick should not return to campus until well. Illnesses other than COVID-19 can produce similar symptoms, and University Health Services or your health care provider will help you. An additional test to rule out a false negative may be indicated.
A variety of campus officials may check on students, including:
- Office of Student Outreach and Support
- University Health Services
- Campus Contact Tracing Team
- Office of Housing and Residence Life
Students, faculty and staff who have been directed to isolate or quarantine must confirm official release by the COVID-19 Campus Support Team to return to campus.
Campus Contact Tracing Team
The University will conduct contact tracing in coordination with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department. The Campus Contact Tracing Team will follow up with everyone—faculty and staff, in addition to students—who submits a self-isolation form.
The Campus Contact Tracing Team checks on a student or employee’s situation, helps facilitate support resources, gives guidance and helps notify others who may need to take precautions.
Students and employees are asked to respond promptly to communications (texts, calls or emails) from local health authorities and members of the Campus Contact Tracing Team.
Facilities Services monitors the latest guidance for slowing the spread of COVID-19, including best practices for ventilation, cleaning and disinfecting. High-touch surfaces and common areas are routinely cleaned to protect against exposure to COVID-19.
Facilities Services may initiate temporary closures of affected campus spaces. If a nonresidential campus space is affected by COVID-19, Facilities Services will identify key people who use the space and communicate with them to discuss temporary closure requirements, coordination of enhanced cleaning and disinfecting and considerations such as sensitive equipment. University Housing will follow the same protocol for residential spaces.
Signs will be posted to note areas temporarily closed for cleaning.
University Health Services
Visits to University Health Services are by appointment, and students should call 423-425-2266 if they feel sick and want to discuss their symptoms or schedule an appointment.
In consultation with the COVID-19 Campus Support Team, University Housing will help coordinate isolation for residential students who test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or quarantine for residential students who may have had close contact with a COVID-19 case.