If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have any symptoms, you may need to be tested or to quarantine/isolate, or both. Find out what you need to do.

What is an exposure?

  • In the non-clinical environment, exposure is defined as contact between two people where at least one is unmasked or incorrectly masked for a total of at least 15 minutes in one day in a proximity of less than 6 feet. 
  • In the clinical environment, you are considered exposed if you are not wearing proper PPE and spend more than 15 minutes with someone who is COVID-19-positive.

If you are exposed to COVID-19

Follow these instructions if you are exposed to COVID-19 either at home or at work but have no symptoms of COVID-19. We test on day 5 – 7 after exposure because this is when you are most likely to convert.

Non-clinical personnel

  1. Notify your supervisor.
  2. Do not come to work.
  3. Call the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline at 314-362-5056 for guidance and follow the instructions you receive.
  4. Quarantine for 14 days from the time of your exposure, regardless of your testing results.

Health-care personnel

  1. Notify your supervisor.
  2. Call the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline at 314-362-5056 for guidance and follow the instructions you receive.
  3. If you do not have symptoms, you may continue working if you:
    1. Wear an isolation mask while at work for 14 days after your last known exposure to COVID-19
    2. Monitor your temperature and symptoms through the RedCap system for 14 days after your last known exposure to COVID-19
    3. Have your temperature checked at a checkpoint every day before entering work
  4. Outside of work, quarantine for 14 days from the time of your exposure regardless of testing result.

Guidance for supervisors

If someone under your supervision (faculty, staff or trainee) thinks they have been exposed, please refer to FAQs for Supervisors.


If you develop symptoms

Any university faculty or staff member who develops symptoms associated with COVID-19, even mild ones, can get a COVID-19 test through Student and Occupational Health Services. This applies to employees working on campus and to employees working fully remotely. 

Follow these instructions if you develop symptoms:

  1. Do not report to work. Leave your workplace if your symptoms develop at work. 
  2. Begin isolating immediately.
  3. Notify your supervisor.
  4. Call the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline at 314-362- 5056 to arrange for testing, and follow the instructions you receive.
  5. If you test positive, you must isolate for 10 days from symptom onset. Learn more »

    A negative test is not required to return to campus. Find out why »

If you’re told to quarantine or isolate