St. Thomas students at the arches in the spring

COVID-19 Education

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

Members of the St. Thomas community should take action to protect themselves and others from infection.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested.

What to Do if You Test Positive:

  • If you live on campus (students and employees), complete the COVID-19 Self-Report Form (Intranet)
  • If you do not live on campus, you are not required to complete the COVID-19 Self-Report Form.

On or Off Campus Residence

You are responsible for:

  • securing your own isolation space and meals
  • strictly following the 5-day isolation requirements and then wearing a mask for an additional 5 days
  • releasing yourself from isolation on the correct date (see CDC Calculator)
  • notifying your close contacts that they have been exposed to COVID
  • Students: Notify your professors that you will not be in class and make arrangements to make up any missed work
  • Employees: Notify your supervisor that you will be out for your 5-day isolation

CDC COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Calculator

The CDC COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Calculator takes the stress out of figuring out if, when, and for how long, people with COVID-19 and close contacts need to stay home, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask.

When to Isolate

If you test positive for COVID-19 you are required to isolate for five days from the date of your first symptom or test date if no symptoms. After isolation, you are required to wear a mask for five additional days.