If You Are Tested for COVID-19

If you are tested because you have symptoms of COVID-19

You must self-quarantine following the directions of your healthcare provider or the provider at the community site (such as one of the sites listed by the Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department ) until you receive your test results.

  • Notify your supervisor about your absence.
  • If your results are negative, you should continue self-quarantining for 10 days from the test.
  • If your results are positive, remain in quarantine until the local Health Department notifies you with further directions and to initiate contact tracing.
  • You may not return to work until:
    • You have no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.
    • Any other member of your household has shown no symptoms of COVID-19 for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared for you and any other member of your household who has been ill.
  • If you are ill with symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been tested, notify your supervisor and call your healthcare provider for evaluation. If your symptoms are mild and you have no known exposure to the virus, you may not need to be tested. In this case, you may not return to work until you meet the same three parameters immediately above this bullet.

During the self-quarantine period you should:

  • Monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. See detailed list above for more symptoms.
  • Do not go to work or school, and avoid public places.
  • If your symptoms worsen during this period, contact your healthcare provider.

If you are tested because you have exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19

You must self-quarantine following the directions of your healthcare provider or the provider at the community site (such as one of the sites listed by the Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department ) until you receive your test results.

  • Notify your supervisor about your absence.
  • If your results are negative, you should continue self-quarantining for 10 days from the test, because it is possible you are infectious without showing symptoms.
  • If your results are positive, remain in quarantine until the local Health Department notifies you with further directions and to initiate contact tracing.

During the self-quarantine period you should:

  • Monitor your health for COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. See detailed list above for more symptoms.
  • Do not go to work* or school, and avoid public places.
  • If you become ill during this period, contact your healthcare provider.

*NOTE: If your job is defined by the CDC as a critical-infrastructure job (positions in the Business Office, Campus Restaurants, Campus Safety, Facilities Management, Information & Technology Services, The Health Center, Marketing & Communications, and Residential Life may qualify), then you may be permitted to continue to work. Supervisors should contact the COVID-19 site supervisor (Teri Phillips, phillitp@plu.edu) for a determination.

If you are tested as part of regularly scheduled testing

The county will assist PLU in hosting regularly scheduled batch “surveillance” testing across campus for groups of students, faculty, and staff. This testing will not require self-quarantine.