blog posts Fall 2023 COVID-19 Information (Contact Tracing & Resources) WellnessUIC will continue to provide guidance and support for students who test positive through UIC Family Medicine, self-report a positive test, or report an exposure to someone with COVID-19. Students residing in Campus Housing will continue to be required to report their positive COVID-19 tests to UIC. UIC employees who test positive for COVID-19 are not required to report to contact tracing and should follow departmental procedures. However, any campus employee whose COVID absence exceeds 3 days will be required to receive clearance from UHS. Procedures can be found on this page.This past spring and summer, the country has experienced a much-needed respite in SARS-CoV-2 infections. However, the CDC has recently reported steadily increasing rates of hospital admissions, emergency room visits, and test positivity across the country coinciding with reports of increasing COVID-19 cases around the world. While the COVID-19 Community Level remains low in the City of Chicago, we’d like to take a moment to remind you of the following guidance to keep you, your friends and family, and the UIC community safe. This is especially important as our program has seen a large increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases following the return to classes in previous years.Stay home and do not come to campus if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild!Consider testing before returning to campus, especially if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have travelled to areas with high COVID-19 risk, or have recently participated in an event at high-risk for transmission.While PCR tests are most reliable, COVID-19 self-tests are easy to use, produce rapid results and are widely available; however, repeat testing is recommended. Be sure to refer to this FDA site for information on extended expiration dates for COVID-19 self-tests.Updated COVID-19 booster vaccines are expected to be released this fall and will target currently circulating descendants of the XBB variant. Vaccination remains an essential tool in reducing your risk of severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death.Consider masking in settings at high risk for transmission or if you or a loved one are at high-risk for severe COVID-19 disease. While masking is not mandatory on UIC’s campus, if you are infected with COVID-19 you are required to mask in all campus spaces following your return from isolation through day 10 of illness. Similarly, individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 should mask in all campus spaces throughout the post-exposure period. To learn more about our COVID-19 resources:University isolation and post-exposure guidelines can be found here.To self-report a positive test or exposure, use our Reporting Tool.For questions, please reach out to us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (312-355-2555).For information about our program, its hours of operation, helpful COVID-19 resources, and travel considerations we invite you to visit our website.