What to do if you get sick

If you get sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 you may feel a bit unsettled or unsure. You may wonder what to do. You aren’t alone. We’re here to support you and to provide the help you need. 


If you feel sick or have symptoms:

Stay home. Fill out the self-reporting form at wallawalla.edu/symptom-report. You’ll be asked to provide your contact information and information about your symptoms. We will then provide directions about the next steps to take.


If you’re not sick, but you were exposed to someone who is:

The same precautions apply! If you have been in direct or close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and complete the form at wallawalla.edu/symptom-report. We will provide directions about what to do next.


Symptom flowchart

Here's a handy flowchart walking you through the process that you can download and keep with you.



What happens if I'm sick and/or I test positive for COVID-19?
Every member of our campus community is required to monitor their symptoms daily. If a person has been directed to self-isolate by the COVID-19 response director for any reason (because they are exhibiting symptoms or because they have tested positive for COVID-19) they may return to the campus community after they have satisfied the conditions in the appropriate category using the plan that fits their situation. Learn more about the factors that will be considered to clear you to discontinue isolation.


What happens during the isolation or quarantine period?
If you are sick or have symptoms, you may be asked to remain in isolation or quarantine for a specific number of days. We have set aside spaces specifically for COVID-19 care. WWU personnel will ensure that you are able to get your meals and other care as needed. The WWU Care Team will also be available to help with errands. If you feel well enough, make sure to keep up with your classwork. If you’re too sick to focus, make sure you’ve communicated your situation with your professors.

We can help with getting groceries and running errands, but you will need to cancel any appointments you have and prepare yourself mentally for some down time. Keep a few books or magazines available that you’ve been wanting to read. Focus on resting and taking care of yourself.


What if I need to see a doctor?
If you need emergency care, call 911. If your symptoms aren’t an emergency, the COVID-19 response team can help connect you with a local physician.


If there is a positive COVID-19 diagnosis on campus, how will students, faculty, and staff be notified?
We will not release details or specific information about anyone on campus who tests positive for COVID-19, but using the contact-tracing app, SaferMe, we will be able to notify students, faculty, and staff if they have come in contact with someone with a positive diagnosis. View information about confirmed COVID-19 cases on our campuses.


Questions?

Contact the COVID-19 Response Director
 covidresponse@wallawalla.edu.

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