COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing
When the UNC campus reopens community members will be required to monitor their own health daily to ensure that they have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
People at Increased Risk for Severe Illness
People Who Need Extra Precautions
- Racial & Ethnic Minority Groups
- People Experiencing Homelessness
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
- People with Disabilities
- People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders
Supporting Those Needing Extra Precautions
The UNC Student Health Center provides testing services for UNC Students and UNC Staff/Faculty. Anyone wanting a test must call 970-351-2412 for next steps and instructions before going to the Health Center.
If you are getting tested, you must bring a current insurance card for insurance billing and a photo ID. The cost of the COVID test is covered by insurance at 100%, however, there will still be a charge associated with the office visit. If your insurance has a co-pay, the co-pay and the office visit is subject to the deductible and your out-of-pocket expense is dependent upon your insurance plan.
If you're well enough to function independently, please do not take a friend or support person with you. This will help alleviate the time needed for the medical staff to perform screening.
UNC does not require temperature checks of students or employee upon entering campus
facilities unless required by state health orders. All students, faculty and employees
are required to wear masks while on campus and perform a self health evaluation prior
to coming to campus each day to identify potential symptoms of COVID-19.
If departments/units choose to administer tests, proper personal protection equipment (PPE), such as a surgical mask and gloves are required. Any documented information will be subject to HIPAA rules and should be handled accordingly.
Community Testing Kiosk
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDHPE) has partnered with Curative and organizations across the state to launch new COVID-19 testing kiosks that are quick, easy and free to all students, staff and community members. A testing kiosk is located on the east side of Nottingham field located on the UNC campus.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to novel coronavirus (and are asymptomatic) or have tested positive you must self-quarantine/isolate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published additional options to reduce the length of quarantine; however, both the CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) continue to recommend a full 14-day quarantine as the 'gold standard' and the most effective way to reduce disease spread. The CDPHE will update its guidance to explain when other, less protective options might be appropriate. Until that determination is made, UNC will continue to follow the 14-day quarantine period.
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 to see if they become symptomatic and/or test positive.
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease (a confirmed COVID-19 case) from people who aren't sick.
When quarantined/isolated you should:
- Monitor your symptoms
- Stay in a separate room from household members
- Use a separate bathroom (if possible)
- Avoid contact with other household members and pets
- Don't share personal household items
- Wear a cloth face covering if around others
If you live on campus view UNC's Quarantine and Isolation Planning Guide to learn more.
When any member of the UNC community becomes ill with COVID-19, contract tracing will begin. The Student Health Center will work with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment to identify and communicate directly with the individual(s) who may have been in close contact with the patient and assess the significance of the exposure. The CDC defines a close contact as "someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset, or 2 days before a test for asymptomatic individuals.” Generally, being in the same classroom as someone who tests positive for COVID-19 is not considered being in ‘close contact’ due to UNC’s efforts to provide 6’ of space between students and required mask-wearing.
Please know that if there is a need for anyone to be quarantined or tested, they will be contacted by either the Weld County Department of Health or the Student Health Center. Further instructions and information will be provided regarding UNC's quarantine, isolation, cleaning, health, safety and privacy protocols. Support services will also be offered to those directly affected.
In an effort to keep our community informed about the presence of COVID-19 on the UNC campus, the university created the Coronavirus Health Alerts web page the week of July 20. UNC will only include confirmed cases through which other members of the university community may have been directly exposed to COVID-19. The university is also providing updates in both our weekly COVID Digests and operational video calls.