George Mason University

Coronavirus: Reporting and Contact to COVID

Mason has set up notification guidelines for students, faculty and staff, and contractors.

If you're not feeling well, contact your health care provider for guidance. If your symptoms escalate, including progressive shortness of breath, don't wait for your doctor to return your email or call; seek emergency care if needed. For more information about COVID-19, see the Fairfax County Public Health Department's website.

Whom at Mason do I notify if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

Students
COVID-19 Status Notification Procedure
I am sick with mild symptoms.  No formal notification needed. Contact your primary provider for further guidance. 
I am sick. I have symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, lost/decreased sense of taste or smell, OR I have been told by my doctor that I have COVID-19.

If you have contact with other students on-campus:

Call Student Health Services 703-993-2831.

All others:

Use the secure SHS online portal. 

I am awaiting test results. I am waiting for the results of a COVID test and am currently self-isolating.
I received a positive COVID test. I just tested positive for COVID-19. Whom do I notify? 
General COVID Questions  Visit Mason's Coronavirus/COVID-19 page. For university questions, contact Environmental Health and Safety.

 

Faculty and Staff 
COVID-19 Status Notification Process
I am sick with mild symptoms. No formal notification needed. Self-quarantine until you receive further guidance from your primary provider.
I am sick. I have symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, lost/decreased sense of taste or smell, OR I have been told by my doctor that I have COVID-19.

Complete the university’s secure COVID-19 SurveySHS and Population Health/MAP Clinic staff members must also contact supervisors.

Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety will contact you if necessary.

I am awaiting test results. I am waiting for the results of a COVID test and am currently self-isolating. 
I've received a positive COVID-19 test. I just tested positive for COVID-19. Whom do I notify? 
General COVID-19 questions  Visit Mason's Coronavirus/COVID-19 page. For university questions, contact Environmental Health and Safety.

 

Contractors
COVID-19 Status Notification Process
I am sick with mild symptoms.  
I am sick. I have symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, lost/decreased sense of taste or smell, OR I have been told by my doctor that I have COVID-19.

Notify:

Mason Environmental Health and Safety at 703-993-8448.

I am awaiting test results. I am waiting for the results of a COVID test and am currently self-isolating.
I received a positive COVID-19 test. I just tested positive for COVID-19. Whom do I notify? 
General COVID-19 questions  Visit Mason's Coronavirus/COVID-19 page. For university questions, contact Environmental Health and Safety.

 


Contact with a COVID-19-Positive Case

Mason has set up guidelines for members of the university community who have tested positive, have had contact with someone who has tested positive, or are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

You were informed by a health care professional that you have COVID-19.

Can I come to work or campus?

No, you must remain self-isolated until you meet certain conditions. Obtain a clearance note from your doctor confirming each of the following:

  • No fever for 72 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fever, AND.
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved, AND.
  • It has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
Do I need to be tested?

Yes, if your doctor orders it. Inova offers testing for specific populations with a doctor's order.  Tell your close contacts to quarantine. This includes: 

  • Intimate or household contacts.
  • Anyone you've had direct contact with (less than 6 feet of distance for more than 15 minutes).
Where do I go for care?

If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider immediately. For students in the Fairfax, Virginia, area who identify Student Health Services as their primary health care provider, contact Student Health Services at 703-993-2831 and speak to a nurse. If a student has another provider but would like to report, use our online portal.


Intimate partner/household member tests positive/diagnosed with COVID-19

Someone you live with: roommate, significant other, or intimate partner (includes kissing) (highest risk if the positive contact had symptoms). 

Can I come to work or campus?

No, you will need to quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. 

Do I need to be tested?

Talk to your doctor if you develop symptoms. If your doctor recommends it, yes. Symptoms may include: fever OR shortness of breath OR cough. 

Where do I go for care?

Go to your primary care doctor.

If you are a student who uses Student Health Services as your primary care provider, contact SHS at 703-993-2831 and speak to a nurse. 


A close contact has COVID-19

If the person has symptoms, risks are higher.

  • Someone you had direct physical and frequent contact with (e.g. teammate, close friend)
  • Someone whose infectious secretions you had direct contact with (e.g. coughed on, sneezed on, or touching used tissues with a bare hand)
  • Someone you had prolonged face-to-face contact with, for periods of more than 15 minutes and with less than 6 feet distance between

Can I come to work or campus?

Mason recommends you work from home and quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. Talk to your doctor about your risk and recommended length of quarantine.

Do I need to be tested?

No, unless you have symptoms, which include fever OR shortness of breath OR cough. 

Where do I go for care?

No care is needed if you do not have symptoms.

Self-monitor symptoms and temperature every day for 14 days since last exposure.

If you develop symptoms, contact your care provider.  Look for:

  • Fever of greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath

Coworker or friend has COVID-19

Someone who you walked by or were around, but from more than 6 feet away OR someone you were in the same room with, but not within 6 feet for more than 10 to 15 minutes (low-medium risk, if the contact had symptoms).

Can I come to work or campus?

Yes, you can come to work or campus, as long as you do NOT have symptoms AND you were not a close contact.

Do I need to be tested?

You do not require testing unless you have symptoms, which include fever OR shortness of breath OR cough.

Where do I go for care?

No care is needed if you do not have symptoms. You should self-monitor your symptoms every day for 14 days.


Friend of a friend has COVID-19

Example: Your best friend's mother, your spouse's coworker (minimal risk).

Can I come to work or campus?

Yes, you can come to work or campus, as long as you do NOT have symptoms.

Do I need to be tested?

You do not require testing unless you have symptoms, which include fever OR shortness of breath OR cough.

Where do I go for care?

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My patient or health care coworker tested positive.

Student Health Services staff who've had a close-contact exposure with a COVID-19-positive patient, while not wearing personal proective equipment (PPE), or who themselves are ill, should inform their supervisor, who will contact the Student Health Services on-call physician.

Population Health/MAP clinic staff who've had a close-contact exposure with a COVID-19-positive patient, or who themselves are ill, should inform their supervisor.