Below are TNU’s guidelines for how to monitor your health and prevent the spread of the virus to others.

Isolate Yourself

  • You will need to strictly isolate yourself from others for 10 days after your symptoms started or if you have no symptoms, 10 days from when you were tested.
  • You will need to isolate at home unless extreme circumstances prevent you from doing so, or your home address is >420 miles from campus.
    • If you are unable to return home, you will be moved to  housing designated for students in isolation and may be housed with other students in isolation as demand increases.
    • You should strictly isolate yourself at home for at least 10 days after you became ill, and you should be feeling well (and without fever) for at least 24 hours before resuming normal activities.
  • Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home to the extent possible. Use a separate bathroom, if available. Household contacts can consider relocating to a separate, uninhabited housing location if available to decrease their risk of exposure.
  • Where possible, ask others such as friends or family, to get food or necessities for you.
    • If isolating on campus, meals will be delivered to your isolation room.
  • The only reason to leave your home, or isolation housing should be to seek medical care. When doing so, you must wear a mask or other face covering.

Inform Your Close Contacts

  • Your close contacts will also need to quarantine according to TDH guidelines:
    • Close contacts include anyone that you were within 6 feet of for >15 minutes 48 hours prior to symptom onset or if without symptoms, the 48 hours prior to testing and continues through the start of isolation.
  • The final decision on what constitutes close contact is made at the discretion of TNU Clinic.
  • Once you are informed of your positive COVID test result, the TNU clinic will initiate the contact tracing process.
    • To allow for the most efficient initial contact tracing, you should review your close contacts as defined above.
    • You should expect a same-day phone call from contact tracers, so please have your phone readily accessible and answer calls from numbers that you may not immediately recognize.
  • After your diagnosis, you may receive a call from public health for investigation, in addition to that which has already been performed by the university. It may take a few days for public health officials to contact you.

Monitor Your Health

  • There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and, if needed, take medication to reduce your fever.
  • A member of TNU Clinic staff will make daily contact to ensure that you are continuing to have symptom improvement.
  • If you experience chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, blue discoloration of lips, extreme fatigue, confusion, or severe headache, you should notify the clinic immediately (615-248-1261). If it is outside of clinic operating hours, you should proceed to local emergency room and/or call 911.

Returning to Regular Activities

  • Once you have completed your isolation period (minimum of 10 days, with at least 24 hours of feeling well and fever free),  you will need to be cleared by TNU clinic prior to return to your regular activities (return to dorm, class, etc.)
    • You do NOT need to be retested to resume your regular activities
  • CDC does not recommend retesting within 3 months after the first day you became ill from the initial