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Health Monitoring

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure, community members are expected to regularly monitor their personal health status.

Reporting Requirements

All community members who have returned to campus are required to report:

  • Daily symptoms using the Daily Symptom Survey
  • Positive COVID-19 diagnosis or self-isolation due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19

Daily Symptom Monitoring

Faculty, students, staff and visitors are expected to use the Symptom Tracker web app for daily health monitoring. The app replaces the existing health monitoring web form previously used by employees. Completing your daily symptom check and staying home if you have any symptoms are important steps to fostering a healthy campus environment. 

Learn more about using the Symptom Tracker.

Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis or Self-Isolation

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you choose to self-isolate based on guidelines outlined above, you are required to notify the University by completing the online Self Isolation Form.

Contact Tracing

If you test positive for COVID-19 and when you provide notice of the diagnosis, please provide a list of any members of the Northwestern community that you recall being in direct contact with and close proximity to during the last 14 days. 

Returning to Campus

Prior to returning to campus, faculty and staff will receive an email to complete a Return to Work Self-Certification (COVID-19). Employees can either obtain medical documentation from their health care provider to return to work, or use CDC guidelines to discontinue isolation, which includes:

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared