Are You Sick?

Signs & Symptoms

Employees are required to conduct symptom monitoring and check their temperature every day before reporting to work. Symptom monitoring currently includes the following:

  • Fever or chills (repeated shaking with chills)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • GI symptoms (nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea)

headache, fever, chills, shortness of breath, muscle pain, new loss of taste of smell, congestion or runny nose, cough, GI symptoms, sore throat, fatigue

Anyone experiencing a temperature of 100.4 degrees (F) or higher or who has any of the above symptoms must stay home and NOT report to work. Employees should immediately contact their health care providers and then notify their supervisors of the needed absence. Supervisors of faculty and staff employees should notify Human Resources at 901.678.3573 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at hrservicecenter@memphis.edu outside regular working hours for further instructions. For student employees, supervisors should contact the Student Health Center at 901.443.1397 or 901.443.6438.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

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What do I do if I feel sick or have these symptoms?

Learn more about the COVID-19 Testing Center on the UofM Campus >

If you are feeling ill, it is important that you see a medical professional right away. Please call ahead and let the medical professional’s office know the symptoms you are having. Be sure to stay away from others, cover your cough and wash your hands frequently.

If you become symptomatic, you may call the UofM Health Center at 901.678.2287 to speak to someone who will give you further instructions. If you have symptoms, DO NOT go to the UofM Health Center as it is not a testing site for coronavirus.

As soon as possible, make notes about where you have been in the past two weeks and the people you have been in contact with. Should you be diagnosed with coronavirus, a medical professional will need these notes to trace the virus and help keep others healthy.

If you have been tested, you will be quarantined at home. If you test positive for coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. If you don’t test positive, you still would want to stay away from others until you feel better.

Student Health Center Appointments

To protect the campus community and student health and wellness, the Student Health Center is providing virtual appointments for patients. Visit My Patient Portal to schedule a virtual appointment, or call 901.443.1397 or 901.443.6438 between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Virtual appointments are available from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Learn more about scheduling an appointment >

What does it mean to Self-Quarantine?

Self-quarantine means you should stay in your place of residence, take and log your temperature twice a day and not leave your residence until the quarantine period of 14 days is over. Should your temperature rise during your quarantine, please consult a medical professional. Do not show up at an urgent care facility, hospital emergency room or a medical professional’s office unannounced – be sure to call first to let them know your symptoms and that you have been in quarantine.

Any home being considered for self-quarantine should follow these minimum standards: 

  • Accommodations: Separate bedroom and bathroom designated for person in quarantine
  • Actions and resources for the self-quarantined person:
    • Do not go to work, school or public areas, and do not use public transportation, ride-apps (e.g. Uber) or taxis. Separate yourself from other people in your home. Take and document your temperature twice a day (A.M. and P.M.)
    • If you develop a fever and/or flu-like symptoms, call a medical professional and explain your contact history and your signs and symptoms (include temperature readings). Other symptoms and signs to look for include: coughing, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/ vomiting and runny nose.
    • Obtain food and necessary items using an internet provider/delivery service or from others in the household – do not go out into society. Stay six feet away from other family members and others inside the home.
    • Avoid sharing household items. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
    • Wash laundry thoroughly, with the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.
    • Practice proper hand and respiratory hygiene.
    • Work/study from home using technology.

Returning to School or Work after Quarantine

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have had to self-quarantine due to a potential exposure:

Faculty and staff must be symptom free for 24 hours to return to campus. Faculty and staff who have questions about returning to campus or who still have symptoms beyond the 14 day quarantine period should contact Human Resources at hr@memphis.edu or 901.678.3573.

Students must be symptom free for 24 hours to return to campus.  For guidance, the UofM Student Health Center can be reached at studenthealth@memphis.edu or 901.678.2287.