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COVID-19: A Reminder About Reporting Illness

We write to thank you and with a reminder

Posted May 6, 2020

Medical Emergencies

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

*The above list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Non-Medical Matters
Please contact your medical provider. If you are a UC Davis student, please schedule a phone visit with your primary care provider or a triage nurse at Student Health and Counseling Services, either by going online to your patient portal ( under “How to access medical services”) or by calling us at (530) 752-2349.

We wanted to update and remind all of you about what to do should you or someone you know show symptoms of the COVID-19 illness. Fortunately, our community is doing very well, adhering to the Stay at Home Order from Yolo County Public Health and practicing social distancing. We will however need to remain vigilant regarding mitigation and response.

As COVID-19 becomes more widespread in the U.S., the university is preparing for the possibility that students, employees and instructors will come into direct or indirect contact with someone infected. In most of these circumstances with asymptomatic individuals, the risk to campus is very low. Most times, no further action is necessary aside from providing the guidance on monitoring for new symptoms.

Please keep the following in mind.

  • Use the campus reporting protocol if you or an immediate family member have tested positive for COVID-19, or you have personal knowledge of a colleague who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Custodial services will thoroughly clean areas of possible or suspected COVID-19 contamination. If a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, an outside vendor will be contracted to clean that space, when indicated.
  • Follow medical advice, including public health guidance. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Most individuals with COVID-19 symptoms do not need testing, but your medical provider can help guide you as to whether testing is right for you.

People With COVID-19 Have a Wide Range of Symptoms
Those with COVID-19 could have symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

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

The majority of individuals with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms, and can care for themselves at home. The bottom line is, if you are concerned, please reach out to your medical provider. We want to make sure you have all of the right information to help protect and care for yourself and to help protect your loved ones.


Karega Paisley, MD, MPH
Director, Occupational Health Services

Cindy Schorzman, MD
Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness Center

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