Testing Positive for COVID-19

The University has been working closely with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) since this pandemic began, and we have plans and processes in place to help maximize safety and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

If you are a student, faculty or staff member and you test positive for COVID-19, there are processes that you need to follow:

Students

Test Result Notification

Students participating in the on-campus testing program will be notified of results from an on-campus test via email through the McKinley Patient Health Portal. It is critically important that you check your university email account daily and access your results in the McKinley Patient Health Portal upon receiving notification of test result availability. Safer Illinois app users can also see results through the app.

Contact Tracing

You will be contacted within 24 hours by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (using phone number 312-777-1999) to provide specific isolation guidance and to collect information for contact tracing.

The university recommends adding 312-777-1999 as a contact in your phone. An effective contact tracing program is critical to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Isolation

If you test positive, please go to your local place of residence (residence hall room, apartment, etc.) and self-isolate, limiting your contact with others immediately. When CUPHD contacts you, they will coordinate with you and university staff to find a place where you will isolate. If you would like to go to your permanent residence to isolate, you will work with CUPHD to determine whether it is safe for you to do so.

Isolation as directed by CUPHD is mandatory for students. If you choose not to follow this guidance, you could be subject to student discipline.

You should not leave your residence/isolation location after receiving a positive test result until you are notified you can do so by CUPHD.

Learn more about returning to campus after quarantine and isolation.

Courses and Absences

If you receive a positive test, you will need to email your instructors and let them know you will be absent from class. You do not need to share any specific health information with them.

If you are in remote courses, you may continue to attend class online if you are able.

Student Resources

You can use the OSF OnCall Connect program that provides information, support and guidance at no cost to you.

The Student Assistance Center (217-333-0050; helpdean@illinois.edu) is also available to help you understand university policies and procedures and connect you with resources, whether related to COVID-19 or other challenges that you may be experiencing.

Employees (faculty and staff)

Test Result Notification

Employees participating in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program will be notified of results from an on-campus test via email through the McKinley Patient Health Portal. It is critically important that you check your university email account daily and access your results in the McKinley Patient Health Portal upon receiving notification of test result availability. Safer Illinois app users can also see results through the app.

Contact Tracing

If you test positive, you should avoid contact with others immediately. You will be contacted within 24 hours by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (using phone number 312-777-1999) to provide specific isolation guidance and to collect information for contact tracing.

The university recommends adding 312-777-1999 as a contact in your phone. An effective contact tracing program is critical to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Isolation

Isolation as directed by CUPHD is mandatory for employees. If you choose not to follow this guidance, you could be subject to discipline through Illinois Human Resources.

If you test positive, you will be provided information about where to isolate.

You should not leave your home/isolation location after receiving a positive test result until you are cleared by CUPHD.

Notify Illinois Human Resources and Your Unit

Employees who receive a positive test are required to notify Illinois Human Resources by calling 217-300-9005. Illinois Human Resources will provide information about paid leave options, as well as collect information that will help ensure we take any necessary cleaning or sanitation steps.

You must inform your unit of your absence, but you do not need to share specific health information. IHR will only provide information necessary to take any appropriate safety actions.

If you are doing remote work, you may continue to work if you are able.

Employee Resources

You can use the OSF On Call program that provides information, support and guidance at no cost to you.

Quarantine and Isolation Information

CUPHD will provide individuals with specific information about how to quarantine or isolate depending on the individual’s specific situation. The university’s Quarantine and Isolation page has basic information and guidance about quarantine and isolation.



Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the lead health authority when it comes to returning to campus?

You may have sought health advice from your physician, local public health agency, or another health resource but as you prepare to return to campus the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is the lead public health for our community.

I am a student who tested positive and returned home to my permanent residence for isolation. What steps do I need to do to move back to campus? Into the residence halls? Greek house? Apartment?

Your first step is to receive clearance from the Champaign Urbana Public Health District to return to campus.

  • If you live with University Housing, once you return to campus, you need to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning to your on-campus residence. You do not need to wait for results.
  • If you live off campus, you need to consult the management for your housing to see if there are any additional steps you need to take to return to your housing.
  • For all students: Students are required to participate in on-campus COVID-19 testing twice per week and receive negative results at least every four days. Students living on-campus or residing in Champaign, Urbana, or Savoy will need to participate in on-campus testing, even if they are taking a fully online schedule.

Learn more about returning to campus after quarantine and isolation.

What happens if I test positive again? My doctor told me that I should retest for 90 days, because I could test positive again.

It is possible that you may test positive again for up to 90 days. However, if you test positive again McKinley Health Center and the Champaign Urbana Public Health District will review results to determine if it is an active contagious infection or a past infection. If it is an active contagious infection, you may be required to isolate again. If it is past infection, you will receive guidance from the Champaign Urbana Public Health District and your app will be manually reset to provide building access.

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