Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should stay home. Do not come to class or to work.

To report symptoms or exposure, fill out the Student COVID Screening Survey, and if you are a clinical student, also report on UAB Healthcheck. (Healthcheck will prompt you to report symptoms or exposure on the Student COVID Screening Survey.) After completing the Student COVID Screening Survey you should expect follow-up within 24 hours.

Even with the majority of the campus community vaccinated, we expect to see COVID cases this semester.

For the fall 2021 semester, UAB will offer symptomatic and exposure testing for any unvaccinated members of the campus community at Student Health Services. Those who are fully vaccinated will have access to symptomatic testing. UAB prioritizes testing for students by offering three different testing structures to assess the spread of COVID-19:

Symptomatic Testing

Vaccinated and unvaccinated students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms have access to clinical staff and COVID testing through Student Health Services. Please use the Student COVID Screening Survey to report symptoms and receive next steps.

Close-Contact Testing

Unvaccinated students who have been exposed to COVID-19 have access to testing. Please use the Student COVID Screening Survey to report symptoms or exposures and receive next steps. Vaccinated students who have been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 should report their exposure via the Student COVID Screening Survey and receive next steps.

For-Cause Testing

UAB reserves the right to pursue “for-cause” testing of students who have been in an environment where there may be an outbreak. Participation in for-cause testing is required for unvaccinated students who live on-campus, as well as unvaccinated members of student organizations that are the focus of for-cause testing. Those who are required to participate in for-cause testing who refuse to participate will be referred to Student Conduct officials.

 

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

STUDENT RESOURCES

Been exposed? Experiencing symptoms? Need to get tested?

Call (205) 934-3580 to speak with someone from Student Health.

All students, regardless of insurance coverage, have access to Student Health Services at no additional charge. Students can have an in-person or virtual visit with no copay or out of pocket charge for the visit.

Use the Student COVID Screening Survey to alert Student Health to symptoms or a close contact that could put you at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, defined as being within 6 feet of an infected individual for more than 15 minutes. This is calculated over a 24-hour period. With vaccination, proper social distancing and adherence to face mask requirements, you would not necessarily be at an increased risk or need to quarantine because someone in your class, residence hall or building/floor tests positive.

Students can be treated and tested by outside providers, but for the purposes of clearance related to COVID-19, the student is required to report symptoms, exposures, or positive test results to Student Health Services so that the University can proceed with appropriate follow-up and contact tracing. Any non-clearance and clearance letters that students provide to their instructors must come from Student Health Services to be valid. Excuses for other medical issues (not related to COVID-19) from outside providers can be accepted.

If a student receives an exposure notification from the GuideSafe app, they should report their exposure using the Student COVID Screening Survey. Student Health will then contact them with next steps.

 

Do you have COVID-19 Symptoms?

 
 
 

YES

 

Fill out the the Student COVID Screening Survey. Student Health Services will contact you with information on next steps.

NO

 
Have you been in close contact* with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?

*An individual being within approximately 6 feet, of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes over 24 hours.

 
 
 
YES
 

Fill out the the Student COVID Screening Survey. Student Health Services will contact you with information on next steps.

NO
 

Continue to mask indoors, keep hands sanitized and monitor for symptoms and potential exposures.

Students experiencing symptoms or who have been exposed:

If you have experienced symptoms or been exposed to COVID-19, begin by filling out the Student COVID Screening Survey. Student Health can discuss the various testing options. (Testing through Student Health is at no cost for students.) If after filling out the Student COVID Screening Survey you would like to discuss symptoms or options, please call (205) 934-3580 during regular hours or (205) 934-3411 after hours to page the student health provider on call.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will receive a follow-up call with instructions on next steps. You will be contacted by Student Health via email if you test negative.

Students who suspect or know that you are positive:

If you think you may have COVID-19 or have already tested positive, you should self-isolate and call Student Health Services at (205) 934-2580. Student Health professionals who work closely with the health department will be able to assess risk and provide guidance. You do not need to try to determine who may have been exposed.

If you were evaluated and tested through Student Health, your provider will give you details on when to expect your test results, as well as self-care at home. Furthermore, a nurse will be contacting you regularly to follow up on your symptoms and test results. If you were tested at another location, that location will contact you with test results, but if you let us know you were tested, a Student Health nurse can still contact you to check in regularly.

If You Have Tested Positive

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 through Student Health Services, you have completed the notification process. If you tested positive through any other health care provider, call Student Health at (205) 934-3580 to report this result or report your positive result through the Exposure Notification application.
  • Information will be collected to identify and anonymously notify close contacts you have had with others.
  • Do not attend face-to-face classes, engage in social activities, or report to work. It is important for the safety of all students, staff and faculty that students with COVID do not attend in-person classes. Student Health Services has a system in place to notify faculty/instructors when a student “should not be in class on campus,” and when they are cleared to return. Faculty/instructors will not share that information with any other person, act upon it in any other capacity or attempt to discuss any potential Personal Health Information with an affected student. If you have a class that requires your attendance or are unable to complete your assignments as a result of your illness, contact your instructor to determine the best next steps.
  • Residents must self-isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19. On-campus apartments designated for isolation will be made available and residents will be required to temporarily relocate to those spaces for “minimum” of 10 days and symptom-free for 72 hours (3 days). Student Health must clear students to return to their originally assigned residence halls and classes. Students can return home if CDC Guidelines allow.
  • Students living off-campus must isolate and should choose a location (apartment, home) where they can isolate comfortably and maintain the most distance from others.

When There Are Positive Cases in a Class

If an individual in one of your classes tests positive, Student Health Services will notify you. This is not necessarily a reason for concern. Masks are effective in protecting against COVID and are required indoors on campus.

  • Unvaccinated students who are identified as a close contact will be notified and directed by Student Health to quarantine.
  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who are not identified as close contacts will be notified and encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, and to seek testing if any symptoms develop.
  • Unvaccinated students who do not have symptoms and live on-campus in a residence hall will be required to take a COVID test within 5 days but not required to quarantine unless they are confirmed as a close contact. They will be referred to student conduct on day 6 if they have not tested.
  • Students with symptoms will be isolated and recommended for testing and a virtual visit with Student Health.

If Student Health Services identifies multiple positive cases in a single classroom or residence hall floor (e.g., if multiple people test positive), “for-cause” testing protocols may be used (see section on For-Cause Testing below). Affected students will receive further directions based on the circumstances and their vaccine status.

For-Cause Testing

UA System campuses will immediately respond to any suspected increase in COVID-19 exposures in a specific campus location or an identified group of individuals (a “cluster”). Clusters will be identified by increases in reported positive tests or COVID-related symptoms, as identified by campus healthcare professionals reviewing Healthcheck and other campus metrics. Participation in for-cause testing is required for unvaccinated students who live on-campus, as well as unvaccinated members of student organizations that are the focus of for-cause testing. Those who refuse to participate in for-cause testing will be referred to Student Conduct officials.

Close Contact Exposure

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a positive person for greater than 15 minutes without either person wearing a mask. This is calculated over 24 hour period. Please fill out the Student COVID Screening Survey as soon as possible to indicate you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. You will receive a call from Student Health Services within one business day. Do not go to class or engage in social activities.

If you're a student living in the residence halls and have had close contact, you may need to quarantine depending on factors such as vaccination status. You will be evaluated by healthcare professionals in UAB Student Health Services and given instructions.

If you're a student living off campus and have had a close contact, you may need to quarantine depending on factors such as your vaccination status. You will be evaluated by healthcare professionals in UAB Student Health Services and given instructions.

Symptoms

Students should continue to participate in COVID testing if you are experiencing symptoms, even if you have been fully vaccinated. Even after vaccination, you may still contract COVID-19 or spread the virus to others, so continued precautions will still be important.

If students develop symptoms, they should contact Student Health immediately and update their Student COVID Screening Survey. Students with symptoms may be required to enter a period of isolation.

Those with a positive test are encouraged to:

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people.
  • Wear a face mask.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, other cold symptoms), please call Student Health Services at (205) 934-3580, or after hours (205) 934-3411 to page the provider on call if you have an urgent concern.