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):

  • Fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form: Whether you are a student or an employee, please use this form to notify us about your symptoms and your situation (Covid test results, possible Covid exposure, questions, etc.). The Pandemic Task Force (PTF) Coordinator, Kevin Miller, will be in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss next steps. Please separate yourself from others until you have spoken with the PTF Coordinator.
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  • 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.
  • Use the CDC symptom self-checker at the right side of this page.

➕ If your COVID-19 test result is positive:

    • Complete the COVID-19 Report Form, if you have not done so already.
    • Notify PTF Coordinator Kevin Miller (kwmiller@goshen.edu, 574-535-7536) so he can advise you about isolation protocols.
    • Testing positive for COVID-19 means you have been infected by the virus and are infectious to others for a period of time. You will need to move into an isolation location while you recover from the illness to protect others and prevent further spread of the virus.
    • Please cooperate with contact tracers who will interview you to identify individuals with whom you have been in close contact to determine if they need to begin a period of quarantine.
    • Isolation generally lasts 10 days from the start of symptoms (or from the date of the COVID-positive test if you are asymptomatic).
    • Residential students will be moved to a room in Kenwood House.
    • Commuter students and employees will need to isolate at home. You will need to sleep in a room without anyone else, preferably have your own bathroom and minimize your interactions with other family members (wearing your mask and keeping your distance when you are in common spaces).
    • Students will access classes remotely if you are able. Professors will work with you to modify or delay assignments if you are not able to Zoom into class sessions while you are ill.
    • See our “Quarantine and Isolation Survival Guide” for more details and our “Dos and Don’ts Guide to Isolation Expectations.”


➖ If your COVID-19 test result is negative:

    • If you are asymptomatic (have no symptoms), a negative result most likely means you do not have COVID-19 and do not need to separate yourself from others or restrict your activities.
    • If you are fighting an illness of some kind, you may need to separate yourself from others, even if your COVID test result is negative. Consult with your primary healthcare provider (students may call Goshen Family Physicians, 574-534-8200) and follow their advice.
    • If you are having COVID-19 symptoms (and especially if you know you have been exposed to someone who tested positive) you may be “presumed positive” for COVID-19, even with a negative test result, and would need to follow isolation protocols. You would consult with a physician to make this determination.

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

Goshen College has a trained team of contact tracers to quickly identify members of the GC community who may have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. You are at risk for contracting the COVID-19 illness if you are within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of someone who tests positive. Individuals who develop the COVID illness are potentially infectious to others for 48 hours before they develop symptoms, so contact tracers will ask about contacts over that time period.

If you are identified as a close contact you will need to separate yourself from others for a period of time. Being in quarantine does not mean you are going to develop the COVID illness, but it does mean that you are at higher risk of illness because of your exposure. For the Spring 2021 semester, we will be following the revised CDC guidelines about length of quarantine. If you do not develop any symptoms while in quarantine, and you get a negative COVID0-19 test on day 6 or day 7 post-exposure, you can end your quarantine period safely after 7 days from when you were exposed. Residential students will be relocated to specific floors of Miller Residence Hall for their quarantine time. Commuter students and employees will observe their quarantine time at home.

>> See our “Quarantine and Isolation Survival Guide” for more details.

Isolation

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to separate yourself in isolation from others for a minimum of 10 days counting from when your symptoms began (or from when you tested positive, if you have no symptoms). Residential students who test positive will spend their isolation time in Kenwood House, near the north end of campus. Commuter students and employees will observe isolation at home.

>> See our “Quarantine and Isolation Survival Guide” for more details and our “Dos and Don’ts Guide to Isolation Expectations.”

Testing for COVID-19

We are utilizing three testing approaches to minimize spread of COVID-19 on campus in the 2021 Spring Semester:

  1. Mandatory return-to-campus negative test for all students and employees before the semester begins (unless they have already had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, aren’t studying or working on campus during the semester or have received both doses of the COVID vaccine).
  2. Mandatory weekly testing of all students and employees (unless they have already had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, aren’t studying or working on campus during the semester or have received both doses of the COVID vaccine).
  3. Symptomatic testing on campus or at area health care locations, and testing on day 6-7 post-exposure for individuals in quarantine.

Our contact tracing team

Kevin Miller

PTF Coordinator and Lead Contact Tracer

Beka Prince

Contact Tracer

David Wiegner

Contact Tracer

Tom Hartzell

Contact Tracer (Merry Lea)