If you are an EVMS students, faculty or staff member that has been identified as someone who could have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19, it is important that you immediately self-isolate and monitor your health for 14 days after the last date of possible exposure.

The incubation period can range from 2 to 14 days with most persons becoming symptomatic within 4 to 6 days of exposure. If you have symptoms, please contact your primary care provider and contact the EVMS Student Health Center at 757.446.5700 (for students) or EVMS Occupational Health at 757.446.5870 (for faculty and staff). If you are asymptomatic, please follow the recommendations and guidelines below.

Guidance for persons being monitored for coronavirus

Last Updated: 03-21-2020 5:56 p.m.

This guidance is to help you closely monitor your health for 14 days from the date of your last possible exposure. This does NOT mean that you will get sick with coronavirus. It is very important for you to monitor your health so that you can be taken care of and treated quickly if you do get sick.

What are the signs and symptoms of coronavirus?

Last Updated: 03-21-2020 3:12 p.m.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever and cough. Some people also report difficulty breathing, more rarely sore throat, muscle aches and abdominal discomfort. For persons who develop symptoms, worsening of shortness of breath is most common around day 8/9 after development of symptoms.

If you develop shortness of breath, report to the closest emergency room for evaluation. Call ER ahead of time if possible to let them know you are being monitored for COVID-19.

How should you monitor your health during this time period?

Last Updated: 03-21-2020 3:22 p.m.

Use this form to record your temperature and possible symptoms. Record this information twice per day.

Practice protective and careful measures during this time period

Last Updated: 03-21-2020 2:49 p.m.

  • Avoid contact with others and isolate yourself to keep the risk of secondary transmission at its lowest.
  • Use your own bedroom and bathroom (if possible)
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands often using soap and water, or a hand sanitizer that is 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Wear face mask when around other people in your own household
  • No Travel 

Instructions for monitoring your temperature and symptoms

Last Updated: 03-21-2020 3:26 p.m.

  • Take your temperature orally (by mouth) with a digital thermometer 2 times a day:
    • Once in the morning
    • Once in the evening
    • Before you take your temperature:
      • Wait for 30 min after eating, drinking, or exercising
      • Wait at least for 6 hours after taking medication that can lower your temperature (Tylenol only. Avoid NSAIDS)
  • Write down your temperature on COVID-19 - Patient 14-Day Symptom Self Monitoring Sheet twice a day, every day.
  • If you forget to take your temperature, take it as soon as you remember.
  • Mark if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed on the form.

What should I do if I become critically ill during this monitoring period?

Last Updated: 03-21-2020 3:31 p.m.

If you feel your symptoms are at EMERGENCY LEVELS (i.e. shortness of breath, fever over 102°F, chest pain etc.) call 911 and explain that you are being monitored for potential exposure to coronavirus and need emergency medical care.