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January
2022
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Ohio State News Alert: Resources and guidance for individuals who feel sick

New symptomatic testing site open near campus

A runny nose, a cough or a feeling of exhaustion – these symptoms are common for flu and cold season in Ohio. But because they are also symptoms of COVID-19 and with a rise in cases in the state, even minor symptoms are worth noticing.

The Ohio State University community has a 92.5% vaccination rate, and with the new Omicron variant spreading in Ohio, many vaccinated individuals report only mild symptoms when they’re infected. That’s why university public health leaders are encouraging students, faculty and staff to monitor their health closely.

Ohio State has resources and guidance for those who are feeling sick.

Students

  • Stay home and wear a well-fitted mask if you will be around others. 
  • Do not go to class or other public settings. Let your instructor know that you are not feeling well. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, schedule a test at Student Health Services using My BuckMD or through your primary care provider, depending on your insurance plan. Do not test at Jesse Owens North or a regional asymptomatic location. 
  • Act as if you are positive until you receive a negative test. 

Employees

  • Stay home and wear a well-fitted mask if you will be around others. 
  • Do not go to work. Let your supervisor know or follow your typical call-off procedures.  
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, schedule a test at a symptomatic testing location such as the Wexner Medical Center drive-through location in the CAS (Chemical Abstracts) parking garage, 2540 Olentangy River Road. Appointments can be scheduled through MyChart
  • Act as if you are positive until you receive a negative test.   

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • A fever of 100°F or higher
  • Respiratory symptoms, such as a dry cough or shortness of breath
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Chills 
  • Loss of taste or smell

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Keep in mind that many people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and are able to recover at home. For more resources on symptoms and prevention of COVID-19, visit the Wexner Medical Center website.

 

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