COVID-19 Information & Notification Form

If you test positive for COVID-19 or you are a close contact that needs campus housing, complete the NU COVID-19 Notification Form.

UPDATE!

Washington State Department of Health reviewed their guidelines and is now allowing institutions of higher education to follow the CDC guidelines of 5-day quarantine and isolation.

Definitions:

Close contact: someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

Calculating quarantine: the date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.

Up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine: received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

Quarantine/isolation:

  • 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.

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. Isolate at home while confirming diagnosis if you have one or more of these new, changed, or worsening symptoms:
    • Fever (greater than or equal to 100.4 F)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting or diarrhea
  2. Get tested.
  3. You can return to school or work if your COVID test is negative, you are fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and your symptoms are improving.

For more details on this see the Washington State Department of Health: What to do if a Person is Symptomatic.

What to do if I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID and I am either 1) unvaccinated or 2) vaccinated but have not received the booster shot when eligible:

  1. Stay home and quarantine for 5 full days (see calculating quarantine above).
  2. Wear a well-fitted mask any time you are around others inside your home or in public for 10 full days and continue to watch for symptoms. If you experience symptoms, quarantine immediately and get tested right away.
  3. Get tested at least 5 days after exposure or as soon as you begin to experience symptoms.
  4. You may come out of quarantine on the 6th day if you do not experience any symptoms and you receive a negative test.
  5. Do not leave quarantine except to get medical attention.
  6. Avoid being around people who are at high risk.

What to do if I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID and I am either 1) up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine, not experiencing symptoms, and I can fully isolate away from the COVID positive person OR 2) recovered from COVID within the past 90 days and am not experiencing symptoms:

  1. If you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine (see definition above) you do not need to quarantine unless you begin to experience symptoms or unless you cannot fully isolate away from the COVID positive person.
  2. Wear a well-fitted mask any time you are around others inside your home or in public for 10 full days.
  3. Get tested at least 5 days after exposure even if you do not experience symptoms.
  4. If you begin to experience symptoms, quarantine immediately and get tested. Stay in quarantine until you know the results.
  5. Note: If you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine (see definition above) but cannot completely quarantine away from the COVID positive person (i.e., no shared living space, meals delivered to the door, etc.) then you need to quarantine until the COVID positive person’s isolation is over.

What to do if I have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, I am up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine (see definition above), but I am experiencing symptoms:

  1. Get tested right away. Stay home and quarantine until you know the results.
  2. Wear a well-fitted mask any time you are around others inside your home or in public.
  3. You can leave quarantine when you get a negative test and your symptoms are improving, you have been without a fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and you feel well enough to return to class or work.

Where can I get tested for COVID?

  1. The Wellness Center offers free self-administered PCR tests and free rapid test administered by a provider for Northwest University community members. Call in advance for instructions, 425-889-5282.
  2. GS Labs offers rapid and PCR tests
  3. 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
  4. Public Health – Seattle & King County free testing sites
  5. UW Medicine SoDo drive-thru testing
  6. Bellevue College High-Volume testing site
  7. Most primary care providers offer on-site testing or can give you a referral for testing
  8. Download the Solv app or go to the Solv website to make a quick and easy appointment 

How do I request a free COVID test from the Wellness Center?

Self-administered PCR tests: Call the Wellness Center at 425-889-5282 and ask to have a test set out for you. There is a pick up and drop off location near the the Wellness Center’s front door. Follow the instructions inside the packet carefully. Be sure to create an account with LabDash.net, enter your insurance information if you have it, click the “collect sample” button, scan or type in the barcode to attach your test to your account, place the barcode on the tube horizontally being careful not to cover your name and date of birth. Then administer the test following the directions. Lastly, drop packaged test tube in the drop off box near the front door of the Wellness Center. Watch your email for a notification from the lab when your results are ready to be viewed.

Rapid tests: Call the Wellness Center at 425-889-5282 and make an appointment with a nurse.

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 (housing@northwestu.edu) and we will do our best to 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, not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine (see definition above), but showing no symptoms.
    • You have a friend who can deliver your meals to you. If not, please contact housing@northwestu.edu to be moved to a quarantine location.
  • 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 well-fitted mask, and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
    • Have a friend take your 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. If you need meals delivered to you, please contact housing@northwestu.edu to be moved to a quarantine location.

Contact Tracing Update

Students are responsible to notify their close contacts if they test positive for COVD. A template is available for you to forward to your close contacts. This will inform them of their next steps. The Wellness Center will continue to notify employees if they are named as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID.

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.