Students should not go to class or socialize if they have fever, are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. Please follow the guidelines on the Emory Forward: What do I do if...? page.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

STEP 1: Isolate in place immediately. If you develop severe symptoms, contact your primary care physician or Student Health Services. Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

STEP 2: Report your positive test results by completing the “COVID-19 Reporting” form on the Return to Campus portal. Once submitted, you will receive an email and text message directing you to follow isolation protocols based on your personal circumstances. 
  • Navigate to the Return to Campus (RTC) Dashboard, click COVID-19 Event Tracking, and create a case. 
  • Fill out the event form on the RTC Dashboard, including the day you first developed symptoms and when you tested positive.
  • Signify “yes” if you are high risk and need additional support.

STEP 3: Follow all directed isolation protocols. You will receive a daily symptom assessment survey from Student Health Services each day to complete during isolation. Monitor your symptoms closely and report any new or worsening symptoms.

  • You will need to isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of your positive test or symptom onset, and day 1 is the first full day after your test or symptom onset.
  • You will receive a daily Student Health check-in survey during isolation. If you have medical questions or are having worsening symptoms and need a call from the healthcare team, please designate on the survey by clicking “yes.” 

STEP 4: After your designated isolation period, you will be sent and asked to complete an “Isolation Clearance” form to end isolation* and be cleared for returning to campus activities.

  • On day 5, you will receive a clearance form. You must meet criteria to be cleared out of isolation: fever free for 24-hours without fever-reducing medication and significantly improving symptoms (greater than 80%). If you do not meet these criteria you will remain in isolation and receive daily surveys until day 7 when you receive an additional check out survey.

Other Steps to Follow

Wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for 10 days.

Avoid people who have weakened immune systems or are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

Do not travel for at least 10 days after testing positive or while you have COVID-19 symptoms.


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Student Health COVID Services

If you are having severe symptoms of shortness of breath, high fever, chest pain, dizziness, or confusion or any another type of medical emergency, call 911 or 404-727-6111 (on campus).

COVID Phone Numbers

SHS COVID Screening 404-727-7551 and Press 0

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1525 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Hours and Location/Directions

COVID Student Patient Portal

Send a message to the “COVID Assessment Provider” on your online patient portal and fill out the form to recieve a call back for further directions.

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