What to Do If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms (i.e. fever, persistent cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, loss of taste and smell, vomiting, diarrhea):

  • Contact your primary healthcare provider to report your condition and follow their directions. Students may contact Goshen Family Physicians at (574) 534-8200. If symptoms are severe, contact Goshen Hospital at (574) 364-1000 before going to the ER.
  • If you can’t immediately reach your healthcare provider, use the CDC symptom self-checker at the right side of this page.
  • Stay home/in your room and isolate from close contacts and family until you can be tested for COVID-19 if recommended by your primary healthcare provider.
  • Fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form: Whether you are a student or an employee, please use this form to notify the campus about your symptoms and condition (including COVID-19 test results, exposure to someone who tested positive, etc.). A campus advocate will be in touch with you as soon as possible about the next steps. Please remain in quarantine/isolation until you have spoken to your assigned advocate.
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  • Get tested as soon as possible: Find testing site information (locations, requirements, etc.) for Elkhart County and for Noble County.
    • There is an on-campus COVID-19 mobile testing site, run by Maple City Health Care Center and located in the College Mennonite Church parking lot (no appointment required, 15-30 minutes for results, drive-in). Open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed 12-1 p.m. For more information, contact: Maple City Health Care Center 574-534-3300, connect@mchcc.org.
  • If you need to wait for mail-in test results, follow the advice of your medical care provider and GC advocate (the person you notified above).
  • Seek out mental health services for a free virtual appointment.

➕ If your COVID-19 test result is positive:

    • Residential students contact Zach Frank, Residence Life Coordinator, immediately at (574) 535-7290 for moving instructions to Kenwood House (isolation housing).
    • Inform your GC advocate about the test results and the advice you received from the testing site.
    • Cooperate with contact tracing from Goshen College (Kevin Miller, pandemic coordinator and lead contact tracer; Mara Beck, coordinator of student involvement; Beka Prince, events office coordinator; or Tom Hartzell, coordinator for residential programs at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center) as well as state health department investigation officials. This is essential to keep others safe.
    • Remain in isolation (minimum 10 days since symptoms appeared) until being symptom-free and fever-free (without medicine) for at least 24 hours—even if you feel fine.
    • Seek out mental health services for a free virtual appointment.
    • Provide a medical clearance from a medical care provider to your GC advocate before attempting to return to class/residence hall/campus/work.

➖ If your COVID-19 test result is negative:

    • Inform your GC advocate about the test result and the advice you received from the testing site.
    • Stay home while you are experiencing illness symptoms.
    • You may return to campus/class/work once they have gone fever-free for at least 24 consecutive hours (without medicine) and all other symptoms have improved.
    • You can seek out mental health services for a free virtual appointment.

Preventing further infections through contact tracing, quarantine and disinfection

  • Contact tracers will identify students, employees and others potentially exposed to a person confirmed or presumed to be infected with COVID-19 (contacts are any individual you interact with for at least 15 minutes within 6 feet) and will speak with those contacts about their risks and obligations. Close contacts will be required to begin a 14-day period of quarantine at home, or in the case of residential students, in Miller Hall.
  • Students living off-campus and employees should clean their homes and residential spaces based on the CDC protocol.
  • Custodial staff will close off areas of campus used by the sick person (i.e. classrooms, offices, laundry rooms, lounges and restrooms). Doors and windows will be opened to increase air circulation. After 24 hours, if possible, deep and thorough cleaning will commence disinfecting the areas used by the sick person.

COVID-19 Testing

Upon the direct advice of Dr. Kris Box, Indiana Health Commissioner, and in accord with recent CDC guidance to institutions of higher education, we are not planning to do mass testing or continuous surveillance of our campus population. Rather, we ask that every student and employee daily self-screen for symptoms that might indicate COVID-19, notify student life or human resources, and follow campus guidelines for rapid testing, contact tracing and quarantine or isolation.

Students will have access to testing if they experience COVID-like symptoms or were in close contact with someone known to be infected. There is now a COVID-19 mobile testing site on campus, on the south side of the Church-Chapel building, which serves the local community including our campus. It is run by Maple City Health Care Center and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a walk-up/drive-up site that serves everyone without appointment and provides a rapid PCR test, with results given after about a 15-minute wait. The people staffing this site are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Contact Tracing

We have implemented our own contract tracing system, alongside what state and local authorities are mandated to do. Kevin Miller, who is a nurse and holds a masters degree in public health, leads this team, which also includes employees Beka Prince, Mara Beck and Tom Hartzell. Everyone on the team has completed the certification course provided by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. If a member of our campus community becomes ill or infected with COVID-19, one of these people will talk with the infected individual to identify their contacts, and then will talk with those contacts to inform them of the exposure risk and need to quarantine. We anticipate that this team, in addition to the efforts of our local health department, will be sufficient for our contact tracing effort.