COVID-19 Flowchart

What to do if I think I have, or have been exposed to COVID-19?

*as of Monday, December 21, 2020

I have COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell 

1. Stay home.

2. Contact your supervisor.

3. Supervisor will then contact Occupational Medicine (Occ. Med.) at [email protected] or call 814-863-8492 on your behalf.

4. Occ. Med. will contact you to determine if you have had close contact with other employees & will refer you for contact tracing.

Occ. Med. will also follow-up with your supervisor & notify Absence Mgt. on your behalf

I have tested positive for COVID-19.
I have had CLOSE CONTACT (close contact means you have been within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms.
I have been NEAR but NOT in CLOSE CONTACT (close contact means you have been within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms. No action is needed at this time but monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.

I have traveled outside of Pennsylvania AND I have been authorized to work on campus.

Please review the PA Department of Health website prior to returning to Pennsylvania from another state.

By Order issued November 17, 2020, the Wolf administration is requiring that travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first.

Completing a 10-day quarantine after traveling outside of Pennsylvania is required if an individual does not have proof of a negative test result. As case numbers increase nationwide, persons traveling to Pennsylvania or returning to Pennsylvania after travelling out of state risk bringing COVID-19 into the state and potentially infecting others. Individuals should stay in their quarantine location for the full 10 days and avoid physically interacting with others. If individuals do not want to quarantine, they can be test in the 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania or upon entering Pennsylvania; if they have a negative test result, they will not have to quarantine. If they are awaiting a test result, or choose not to obtain a test, they must quarantine until they received a negative test result, or for the full 10-day period. Additionally, quarantine is not required for individuals who travel routinely for work or other critical purposes, such as medical appointments or to comply with a court order such as custody exchanges.


  • Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for work;
  • Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for medical reasons (including providing comfort and support to a patient);
  • Military personnel traveling to the Commonwealth by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority;
  • Individuals in transit through the Commonwealth to another destination, provided that the time spent in the Commonwealth is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.

Contact Absence Management at [email protected] if you are self-quarantining or need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result.

Contact Occupational Medicine at [email protected] or call 814-863-8492 if you test POSTIVE or experience COVID-19 symptoms while self-quarantining. If necessary, Occ. Med. will notify your supervisor & Absence Mgt. on your behalf.

Employees should contact their supervisors with any questions regarding expectations for the remainder of the year and for the upcoming spring semester.

For employees, whose duties require them to keep working on campus, the University will follow health and safety measures, which include the strengthened masking guidelines, practicing social distancing and other similar actions.

Occupational Medicine ordered a test based on my symptoms or close contacts & I have tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19.
  1. Occupational Medicine will advise you based on the CDC and Department of Health advice, guidelines, & orders.
  2.  If you had your own symptoms, you will be off work for 10 days or until you are symptom free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.
  3. If you were another employee’s close contact, you may be off work and in isolation for as long as 14 days.

If you are currently working remotely, please use your best judgement regarding exposure to others and taking time off for illness.

Examples outlined above may require a return to work release.

More information is available on the Return to Work website.