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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

COVID-19 Symptoms

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

People at Increased Risk for Severe Illness

People Who Need Extra Precautions

Supporting Those Needing Extra Precautions

What to do if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to novel coronavirus you should self-quarantine per CDC guidelines. Do not go to work, school or events:

  • Students who live off-campus should stay home if ill and report your illness via the COVID-19 Reporting form
  • Students who live on-campus should stay in their room if ill and report their illness via the COVID-19 Reporting form
  • If a student is sick and needs medical assistance or testing, they should call the Student Health Center at 970-351-2412.

How to get tested for COVID-19

The 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 are not a UNC student/staff/faculty member, please contact the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment to find out testing options available to you.

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.

Report a positive COVID-19 case

Quarantine and Self-Isolation

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to novel coronavirus (and are asymptomatic) or have tested positive you must self-quarantine for 14 days per CDC guidelines. Quarantine is used to separate individuals infected with the virus from those who are not infected.

When quarantined 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 and have a roommate you may ask to relocate to a private room. Be sure to bring all necessary items with you for the duration of your stay. Three meals will be delivered to you once a day via contactless delivery. If you decide to leave the university during your isolation, be sure to email your residence hall director to let them know the date you are leaving.

Contact Tracing

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. 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 will report the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with on-campus impact on the Coronavirus Health Alerts web page, which will be published the week of July 20. A confirmed case is defined as a person who has tested postive for the 2019 novel coronavirus. UNC will only include confirmed cases through which other members of the university community may have been directly exposed to COVID-19.