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Daily Symptoms Self-Check

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  Symptoms or COVID-19 Exposure Testing Quarantine  Contact Tracing

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?

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

COVID-19 TestinG Information  Quarantine and Self-Isolation

  • Instructions for Students

    If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to novel coronavirus stay home and contact the Student Health Center at 970-351-2412. Before going to the Health Center you must report your symptoms and/or exposure via this form

    The Student Health Center will provide you with additional details about next steps and testing. 

    Report COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Instructions for Employees

    If new onset, non-chronic COVID symptoms are present, the following steps should and will be taken:

    1. The employee should contact his/her supervisor to report COVID symptom(s) and stay home or leave campus immediately.
    2. The supervisor should submit the health screening form on behalf of the symptomatic employee; the submitted health screening form routes to Human Resources.
    3. HR will contact the supervisor to confirm receipt of the form, provide additional information and confirm that the employee has been directed to stay home (or has been sent home) per state guidelines.
    4. More information and details are included in the Quick Reference Flowchart for Employee Health Screenings. (Note: If an employee is not experiencing symptoms the form should not be submitted.)

    The employee should contact his/her supervisor to report COVID symptom(s) and stay home or leave campus immediately.


COVID-19 Testing 

Call FirstThe 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. 

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/isolate for 14 days per CDC guidelines. 

  • 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 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. 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.