General COVID-19 FAQ

 
From the Source
Learn about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Where do I find COVID-19 case counts for Utah and USU?

Visit the Utah Department of Health to get the latest on COVID-19 in Utah. Case numbers for USU are updated each weekday in the COVID-19 dashboard.

Is USU testing for COVID-19?

USU provides COVID-19 testing on the Logan campus to students and employees who either have symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Testing is also available otherwise in Logan and across Utah

Does USU offer COVID-19 vaccines?

USU strongly encourage everyone who is able to get the vaccine to do so, and the university partners with local health departments to offer on-campus vaccine clinics. Vaccines are also available at pharmacies, health departments, and health care providers. Visit vaccine.usu.edu for more information.

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19?

Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been tested must complete the COVID-19 Questionnaire so USU can trace contacts and provide support. Please follow USU's protocol if you have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case.

If I'm sick or get tested for COVID-19, should I tell anyone?

Fill out the COVID-19 Questionnaire if you are ill and are getting tested, waiting on test results, received a positive COVID-19 test result, have had close contact with an individual who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or if you have been asked to quarantine or isolate. The information you provide gives university officials the chance to reach out to you and ensure you have what you need to quarantine or isolate, whether you are a student or employee.

Someone in my household has COVID-19, what should I do?

If someone in your household tests positive, whether that is a housemate, roommate, or significant other, you must stay home and quarantine if you are not fully vaccinated.  

Will I know if someone at USU has COVID-19?

Because the result of a COVID-19 test is protected health information, the community will not know the identity of someone who has a confirmed case of the virus. The results of all COVID-19 tests are sent first to state health officials who then inform the local health district, who work with the individual to investigate direct contacts and ensure they self-isolate to prevent the spread of the disease. USU officials rely on individuals who receive positive tests to inform the university so we can work with them to accommodate their needs, and the needs of their close contacts, during self-isolation. If someone in the USU community tests positive for COVID-19, USU officials follow a protocol to protect others.

I work with someone who went home sick. How do I know if they have COVID-19?

Anyone who is ill has a right to privacy. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the local health department will work with them to identify direct contacts and determine who else must self-isolate as a precautionary measure. USU also has a protocol in place when there is contact with someone who may have COVID-19.

USU is asking anyone who is ill to stay home and away from others. This is important as individuals who contract COVID-19 are most contagious when they are symptomatic. Everyone in our community should practice prevention hygiene and social distancing to prevent the spread. 

I feel anxious about COVID-19. What can I do?

It can be stressful to hear about the spread of a new virus. You can channel your concern into action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Practice prevention hygiene, social distancing, and seek out resources to support your mental wellness.

Should I wear a face mask?

USU strongly encourages and welcomes wearing a mask in all university buildings and vehicles. The CDC recommends all people, including those fully vaccinated, wear masks indoors in public in high COVID-19 transmission areas, which includes most of Utah.

I want to get tested for COVID-19. Where can I go?

You should get a COVID-19 test if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you have any symptoms, even mild ones. If you have been exposed to COVID-19,  wait 7 days from your date of exposure to increase the accuracy of the test. USU provides free testing to current students and employees at the East Stadium Testing Site on the Logan campus. You can schedule an appointment for testing in Aggie Health.

For those outside the Logan area, the Utah Department of Health keeps a list of testing locations throughout the state.

What is USU doing to keep the campus community informed?

Utah State provides frequent updates to usu.edu/covid-19 with new information about how the university is preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. You may also receive updates through emails to your usu.edu email address and through USU's alert system.