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Protocol for Reporting Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

​​​​​​Reporting cases of COVID-19 ​on campus is integral for everyone’s safety. If your student is either on- or off-campus in Chicago and is exhibiting symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, they should call their healthcare provider immediately for information on getting tested and next steps. If they opted into DePaul’s health services at AMITA Sage Medical, they can call them for medical advice at 773-549-7757. Here is the Protocol for Reporting Confirmed Cases of COVID-19.

All faculty, staff and students are required to fill out this form if they meet one of the following criteria:
  1. They are known to have COVID-19 by medical diagnosis or by testing positive – even if they are not showing symptoms.
  2. They have been informed that they were in close contact with another person who was medically diagnosed or tested positive for COVID-19.
  3. They have any of the following symptoms of 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
Students who have been exposed to someone who was medically diagnosed or tested positive for COVID-19 or who have any of the symptoms listed above are strongly encouraged to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if you are sick. The most important steps to take from CDC guidance are to (1) quarantine alone for 14 days from the last time you came into contact with COVID-19, (2) monitor symptoms, and if they worsen, contact your healthcare provider and (3) practice social distancing and wear face coverings if they must go somewhere.

As an extra measure of safety, DePaul staff and faculty members are required to report if they learn about an employee or student who has tested positive for COVID-19 using this form. DePaul University is committed to taking care of ourselves and others. These reports will help contact trace positive COVID-19 cases throughout both campuses in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

This information is used only to trace cases of COVID-19 and alert those who have been in close, prolonged contact with the person. DePaul is committed to respective the privacy of those who contact the virus, meaning student health and personal information will remain protected.

Please visit the Fall 2020 webpage for updates, FAQS and more resources. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email hpw@depaul.edu​ or contact Shannon Suffoletto at 773-325-7129. ​