COVID Cases

COVID Cases

IU will carefully monitor the global pandemic and is prepared to alter how courses are delivered should the need arise for the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

While we cannot publicly reveal information about positive cases to protect people’s privacy, persons that have been identified as close contacts of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted and advised of actions to take.  If a location on campus is identified during the contact tracing that requires advanced cleaning, signage will be posted and relevant individuals notified.  As a reminder, it is critical that you monitor your health.  If you feel ill, it’s important that you stay home, contact your health care provider, and help stop the spread.  As a reminder IU's symptom checker provides access to screening and IU testing resources.

For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as an individual who has been within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated (if the patient with COVID-19 had symptoms) or starting 48 hours before the patient tested positive for COVID-19 (if the patient with COVID-19 did not have symptoms). This definition holds whether either individual was wearing a mask or not.

The goal of contract tracing is to stop transmission of disease within the community by limiting contact between an individual who is infected and others. This is done by rapidly informing the infected person of their positive results and facilitating isolation; rapidly identifying and informing close contacts of that person and facilitating their quarantine; and monitoring both infected people and their close contacts for worsening symptoms and referring them for medical care if required.

The success of contact tracing relies on behavior change by community members to mitigate the spread of disease.

If you are identified as a close contact, an IU contact tracer will call you to inform you of your potential exposure to COVID-19 and provide further instructions based on CDC guidelines. IU contact tracers may also attempt to contact you via emails or text messages.

Close contacts are expected to quarantine for 10 days from the time they were exposed to ensure they do not spread the coronavirus to others.

If you are fully vaccinated (all doses of the vaccine plus two weeks from your last dose), you will not need to quarantine if you're identified as a close contact. You will, however, still need to report if you've been identified as a close contact outside of IU and will need to do daily symptom monitoring through IU's COVIDcheck.

Unless you are a close contact, you will not be informed that a person in your class, residence, building, department, or organization has tested positive.  Close contacts* of someone who tests positive will receive a call or text from a contact tracer. You must follow their instructions. Contact tracers are prohibited by law from disclosing the identity of the person testing positive.

Students: Unless you are a close contact, you will not be informed that a person in your class or residence has tested positive. The precautions you are required to take (masks, distancing, etc.), as well as extra cleaning of relevant spaces, result in a very low risk of transmission from such persons.

Instructors: If a student requires a COVID-related accommodation, he or she must inform you. If you are determined to be a close contact of a student, you will also be notified. The precautions you are required to take (masks, distancing, etc.), as well as extra cleaning of relevant spaces, result in a very low risk of transmission from such persons.

Faculty or staff member: Unless you are a close contact, you will not be informed that a person in your building or department has tested positive. The precautions you are required to take (masks, distancing, etc.), as well as extra cleaning of relevant spaces, result in a very low risk of transmission from such persons.

Supervisor: Employees are required to inform supervisor of absence, and the supervisor may ask whether it is COVID-related. Otherwise, unless you are a close contact, you will not be informed that an employee has tested positive.

* A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet continuously for more than 15 minutes. Roommates will almost always be close contacts. If everyone follows the masking or distancing rules in classrooms, they are not close contacts.

The best way to minimize your risk of being a close contact is to limit the number of people with whom you interact in person. The more people you see in person, the more chances you have for exposure to COVID-19, should one of them become infected.

Wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance (more than 6 feet apart from others) and avoiding social gatherings are the best ways to minimize your risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Students are in quarantine because they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 -- also known as being a "close contact" -- and are therefore at risk for becoming infected themselves.

To identify and isolate positive cases on campus more quickly (especially those who are asymptomatic), students living in on-campus quarantine housing will be required to participate in COVID-19 testing. These will be saliva tests, with results back in 2-3 days. Tests will be brought directly to students in on-campus quarantine housing.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be moved to isolation. 

Students who test negative CANNOT test out of quarantine; a negative test means you should continue to monitor your health and remain in quarantine until your 10 days are complete.

No, you cannot test out of quarantine. Even if you test negative for COVID-19, you must remain in quarantine for the full 10 days because this is how long people who have been exposed to the virus -- also known as "close contacts" -- are thought to be at most risk for becoming infected after their last exposure.

Calls from IU contact tracers will come from an IU phone number.

Contact tracers will NOT disclose to the public who may have exposed a person to COVID-19. This information is strictly confidential and HIPAA protected.

Public health departments will receive information about positive cases. All employees of public health departments are HIPAA compliant. 

Contact tracers will NOT ask for:

  • Your social security number.
  • Money or payment of any type.
  • Photographs or videos of any type.
  • Passwords or any other type of account information.

It is possible that contact tracers from the state or county health department may also contact cases and close contacts. IU asks that all individuals cooperate with them in addition to the IU contact tracers.

Yes. IU is tracking its response to COVID-19 as part of a dashboard that is updated every Monday morning. While no single number or metric is robust enough to adequately describe the trajectory of the pandemic, the dashboard shares results from the COVID-19 testing IU has implemented to help keep our students, faculty, and staff safe by monitoring the spread of the virus on all IU campuses.

While positive cases are inevitable, it is this testing data, combined with analysis from our team of medical experts and taking appropriate actions to mitigate the spread, that will allow us to evaluate health and safety as a whole and adjust our strategy accordingly to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Isolation is for people who test positive for COVID-19. It is used to separate infected people from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should separate themselves from others until their infectious period has passed.

Quarantine is for close contacts of those who test positive for COVID-19. It is used to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which can occur before a person knows they are infected with the virus -- whether they are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others (both infected and non-infected people) to prevent transmission should they be infected.

IU will provide separate isolation and quarantine facilities for those living in on-campus housing who are unable to return home. Those living off campus will be provided with instructions to facilitate isolation or quarantine in their own living situations.

If a close contact in quarantine tests positive, they will be moved to isolation.

Individuals in both isolation and quarantine will receive regular follow-up from COVIDcheck app in order to report symptoms and other support needs. Other services such as meal delivery, pharmacy services, laundry services, and mental health support will be provided to individuals in campus isolation and quarantine rooms.

You will be released from isolation/quarantine through COVIDcheck, which you will be enrolled in after contact tracing.

This is the only way you will be medically cleared to end your isolation/quarantine period.

If you are in quarantine and you get a COVID-19 test before your 10-day quarantine period is complete and the result is negative, that does NOT mean you should end your quarantine early. The 10-day quarantine is important because people who have been exposed to COVID-19 can become infectious at any point up to 14 days after exposure. A small percentage of people may still develop infection between days 10-14. During that time, it is important that you avoid crowds, stay 6 feet away from other people, wear your mask when you are around other people, and practice good hand hygiene.

Start with IU's symptom checker. From here, you'll be guided to the testing location on your campus.

If you're feeling severely ill, please go to the closest Emergency Department. If you can't get yourself there safely, call 911.

No, you do not have to use the IU Health app to schedule a symptomatic test. Start with IU's symptom checker to get tested on your campus. 

While you can continue to use IU Health's virtual visits app to speak with a healthcare provider about any concerns, the visit will be billed to your insurance.

You'll receive an email at your IU email address that will give you a link to access your results. You can also visit your individualized results page at any time to view current and past test results. 

If your result is "detected" (positive), you'll also be contacted via phone by IU's contact tracers.

You should receive an email to your IU email address giving you a link to your results within 24 to 72 hours of your test. If it's been more than 72 hours, you can visit your individualized results page to view your test result.

You should isolate and wait to hear from IU's contact tracers for specific next steps. They will call you within 24 to 48 hours of your positive test result. If you still haven’t heard from anyone 48 hours after your positive test result, please call 812-855-0042.

You will need to complete the IU's symptom checker again and schedule a new test.

IU offers mitigation, symptomatic and asymptomatic testing on all campuses for students, faculty and staff. Some IU campuses have on-campus health clinics that provide medical services as well.

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Yes, you do need to notify IU if you have tested positive using an outside lab.

You should also notify IU if you have been told that you are a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

To report this information, you should fill out the "COVID-19 Self Reporting Form" found at one.iu.edu.

By reporting this information, you are helping us react quickly to minimize further viral spread and to ensure we can maintain a safe campus environment. 

It is primarily their responsibility to inform instructors, supervisors or others, so encourage the individual to do so. You should also feel free to assist someone in making such reports.

The information that is shared will only be used for public health purposes, including notifying close contacts of possible exposure and the need to quarantine.

Close contacts will not be told the name of the person who has tested positive for COVID-19 due to health privacy laws.

It is the student or employee’s responsibility to inform their professors and/or supervisors.

Members of the IU community are required to cooperate with the contact tracing process and failure to do so will result in disciplinary measures.

They are also required to participate in follow-up with IU COVIDcheck symptom monitoring if they are identified as a COVID-19 positive case or close contact.

Contact tracers may ask those that have tested positive to look through their calendar, texts and emails to recall anyone with whom they may have had close contact during their infectious period, which current research shows to be about two days before and 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Asymptomatic individuals are also believed to be contagious for 10 days.

Contact tracers will ask positive cases and close contacts about their symptoms and about their living environments. They will also provide education, guidance and quarantine/isolation parameters based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as assist with resources necessary to make isolation or quarantine possible.

Contact tracers will NOT disclose to the public who may have exposed a person to COVID-19. This information is strictly confidential and HIPAA protected.

Public health departments will receive information about positive cases. All employees of public health departments are HIPAA compliant. 

Contact tracers will NOT ask for:

  • Your social security number.
  • Money or payment of any type.
  • Photographs or videos of any type.
  • Passwords or any other type of account information.
  • Your immigration status.

Learn more about what legitimate contact tracers will not ask, and how to report fake contact tracers.

It’s important to promptly respond to all calls, emails and text messages from contact tracers to help ensure the virus does not continue to spread. One way you can help speed up the process (for yourself and the contact tracer) is to complete the online form that will be emailed to you when you’re first identified as a positive case or close contact. This form will ask you for information such as how to contact you and whether you've been tested for COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms. Submitting this information in advance will help shorten the phone interview you'll have with a contact tracer. The form will NOT ask you for personal information such as your Social Security Number or for payment of any kind.

Yes. Filling out the contact tracing form is not required, but if you fill it out, it will help shorten the length of your phone interview with IU contact tracers. The form will ask you for your contact information, COVID-19 testing history and information about any symptoms you’re experiencing. The form will NOT ask you for personal information such as your Social Security Number or for payment of any kind.

As long as you don’t have any symptoms, you can continue with your normal routine. If your household member’s test is positive, you should self-report as a close contact and follow the instructions for quarantine.

If you develop symptoms, however, isolate at home and use IU's symptom checker for testing and further instructions.

Yes, we encourage our students to quarantine and isolate at home, if it’s possible to get there safely. Students may be picked up before they check in to quarantine and isolation housing, or they may be checked out at any time to quarantine or isolate at their permanent residence.

We're planning for an in-person fall 2021 semester with some health and safety measures, like mitigation testing and wearing masks, likely still in place. Many of this will depend on where we are with vaccine distribution and the state of the pandemic as we get closer to August. We're hopeful many in the IU community will be fully vaccinated by then and that the risk of spreading the virus will be much lower than it is today.

You can find resources and information in isolation and quarantine guides available here. This includes information for students staying in quarantine or isolation housing.

If you have any in-person classes, contact your instructor(s), indicate you will not be able to attend class and ask for instructions on making up coursework you will be missing. You can reach out to the Dean of Student’s Office if you need assistance in contacting your faculty.

If you are in an online class and feeling well enough to attend, please do so. If you are feeling too sick to attend, please notify your instructor(s) and indicate that you will not be able to attend class virtually. Also ask for instructions on making up coursework you will be missing.

If you are in need of assistance please contact Dr. Monica Porter, the Dean of Students Office at please contact her by email at moport@iusb.edu or by calling 574-520-4273.

If it has been determined you need to go into quarantine or isolation, you will need to gather your essentials immediately and go to your quarantine or isolation location on campus. We highly recommend you return to your permanent/home address for quarantine or isolation. If you cannot go to your permanent/home address or another off campus location, you will need to request to stay on campus. The University will determine if you are able use one of the designated spaces on campus. The University has limited spaces for quarantine and isolation and you will need to follow very strict guidelines if allowed to stay there. You may not return to your current room until notified by both IU COVIDcheck and the Housing Office.

If you have not been contacted by the Housing Office after you have talked with an IU official to arrange for your plans, please contact the Housing Office by emailing living@iusb.edu and inform them of your plans.

Emergency Relief Resources provides financial consultation and assistance for short-term needs like transportation, bills, food and clothing. We don’t want these problems to prevent you from completing your degree. We have resources available to help you that can be found here.

Have a question about returning to campus and COVID?

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