Updates in COVID-19 guidance from University Health & Counseling Services

Updates in COVID-19 guidance from University Health & Counseling Services

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) release of updated recommendations on how to protect oneself and others from respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, University Health & Counseling Services (UH&CS) at Case Western Reserve University has also updated its guidance for the community.

Effective March 2024, individuals are no longer required to submit positive COVID-19 test results to UH&CS, and a five-day isolation period is no longer necessary for COVID-19 infections. Students, faculty, and staff are now advised to follow the guidelines for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19 and influenza.

If you experience symptoms of a respiratory virus such as fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, or headache, it is important to stay home and away from others. You can return to your normal activities, including school and work, when you have not had a fever or symptoms for at least 24 hours and your symptoms are improving.

COVID-19 tests will continue to be available in the wellness vending machines for individuals with symptoms. Additionally, when resuming normal activities, it is recommended to take extra precautions over the next five days to prevent the spread of infection. This includes wearing a well-fitting mask, practicing good hygiene, and considering ways to improve air quality.

For more detailed guidance, treatment options, and specific instructions for students, visit the UH&CS webpage. Please note that the updated guidance does not apply to healthcare personnel, and health science students should follow the infection and isolation protocols at the hospitals or clinics they work in.

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