COVID-19 Information & Notification Form

I know that I need to complete the NU COVID-19 Notification Form.

Table of contents regarding sickness and COVID exposure:

Sickness – no exposure to COVID

COVID Exposure

Quarantine/Isolation Information

Other COVID Information

What to do if I am sick but have not been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID that I am aware of.

  1. Stay home and away from others.
  2. Get tested if you have COVID-like symptoms (“Class A” symptoms, see below) of any duration and self-quarantine at least until your results come back.
    • Fever (greater than or equal to 100.4 F)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chills
    • New loss of taste or smell
  3. If you have only one “Class B” symptom (see below) that lasts less than 24-hours, quarantine until you feel better then you can return to school/work. Remain in self-quarantine at least until you are feeling better and have been fever free for 24 hours without medication or until you get a negative COVID test result.
    • Fatigue
    • headache
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea (at least 2 loose stool in 24 hours)

If you get a negative test result, you may return to campus as soon as you are feeling well enough to return and you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours.

For more details on this see the Washington State Department of Health Evaluation and Management of Persons with New Unexplained Symptoms of COVID-19

What to do if I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID and I am either 1) an unvaccinated individual or 2) a vaccinated individual experiencing symptoms:

  1. Complete the NU COVID-19 Notification Form.
  2. You should get tested with a PCR test (not a rapid/antigen or at home test). Public Health – Seattle & King County recommend that you get tested 5-7 days after exposure or as soon as you begin to experience symptoms. Here is a list of King County COVID-19 testing sites. If you choose not to get tested but are experiencing symptoms, note that we will be required to presume that you are positive for COVID, and all of your close contacts will need to quarantine as well.
    • The Gates Foundation Scan Study offers free, in-home testing for eligible individuals who live in King County (must be experiencing symptoms): https://scanpublichealth.org
    • LabCorp test at home option for those who qualify
    • Public Health – Seattle & King County free testing sites
    • UW Medicine SoDo drive-thru testing
    • Bellevue College High-Volume testing site
    • The Wellness Center: 425-889-5282 (bring your insurance card if you have one)
    • Most primary care providers offer on-site testing or can give you a referral for testing
    • Download the Solv app to make a quick and easy appointment
  1. According to Public Health – Seattle & King County here is what you are to do.

If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, Public Health offers three options for quarantine:

  1. Stay in quarantine for 14 days after your last contact. This is the safest option
  2. If this is not possible, stay in quarantine for 10 days after your last contact, without additional testing.
  3. If the first two options are not possible, it may be possible to end quarantine after 7 full days beginning after your last contact and after receiving a negative PCR test (get tested no sooner than day-5 after your last contact. This cannot be a rapid/antigen or home test).

The University’s policy is to allow any one of these three options. Please let the Covid Coordinator know which one you would like to do (covid@northwestu.edu). It is imperative that when leaving quarantine after 10 days (or 7 days with a negative PCR test on day 5 or after) that you continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14, avoid crowded settings, and consistently wear a mask when outside the home, and isolate and seek testing if symptoms develop. You can read more detail on the quarantine guidelines at this Public Health Insider blog post.

  1. Calculate your quarantine/isolation time by consulting the Washington State Department of Health Isolation/Quarantine Calculator.

Please do not leave quarantine except to get medical attention.

Please be in contact to let the Covid Coordinator know how you are doing. Please do not go back to work or school until you receive the “Cleared to Return to Campus” email from the COVID Coordinator.

What to do if I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID and I am either 1) fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms OR 2) recovered from COVID within the past 90 days and am not experiencing symptoms (please provide proof to covid@northwestu.edu):

  1. Everyone close contact is required to complete the NU COVID-19 Notification Form regardless of vaccination status.
  2. If you are fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks after your last shot) you do not need to quarantine unless you begin to experience symptoms.
  3. You should wear a mask when around others.
  4. You should get tested 3-5 days after exposure.
  5. If you begin to experience symptoms complete the NU COVID-19 Notification Form again and you will receive quarantine information.

What does quarantine/isolation mean?

  • Quarantine is for people who have been exposed to COVID but have not yet tested positive.
  • Isolation is for people who are infected with COVID.
  • Quarantine/isolation means that you go into your quarantine/isolation unit and do not exit except to get medical attention or a COVID test.
    • Do not leave quarantine to get meals.
    • Do not leave quarantine to go to the grocery store.
    • Do not leave quarantine to pick up your mail.

Where and how do I quarantine/isolate?

  • The University has limited quarantine and isolation units. If you have been asked to quarantine/isolate and cannot go home safely, let us know and we will help you with a quarantine/isolation location.

How do I safely self-quarantine in my room?

  • You may only self-quarantine in your room under the following circumstances.
    • You are sick but have not been exposed to COVID and are waiting for your COVID test results to return.
    • You are a close contact, unvaccinated, but showing no symptoms.
  • To safely quarantine in your room you should:
    • Not exit your room except to get medical attention, a COVID test, or to use the restroom.
    • When you do need to leave for one of those reasons be sure to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
    • Have a friend take you student ID to get your meals for you. They can tell the Caf worker that you are in quarantine and cannot come to get your meals.

Other information about COVID-19

To stop the spread of COVID-19 we need to use all of our tools. A vaccine is one of the tools. See more information about the vaccine with the links below.