Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Symptoms & Reporting

People with COVID-19 can range from having no symptoms to mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2–10 days after having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 10 days:

Fever or chills
Diarrhea
Cough
New loss of taste or smell
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Sore throat
Fatigue
Congestion or runny nose
Muscle or body aches
Nausea or vomiting
Headache

This list does not include all possible symptoms. See the CDC website for more information. Even if you do not think you have COVID-19, please do not come to campus if you are ill.

University Quarantine and Isolation Requirements

Type of Exposure

Minimum Days of Isolation or Quarantine

COVID-19 positive/probable (isolation) 7
Identified as a close contact and vaccinations not up to date 7
Identified as a close contact but vaccinations are up to date 0

What must I do if I've been identified as a close contact?

Up to Date on Vaccinations

  • Not required to quarantine.
  • Required to report close contact to CHWB@andrew.cmu.edu.
  • If symptomatic, test ASAP and isolate while waiting for results. Continue isolating and report test result if positive. 
  • If asymptomatic, test 5-7 days after initial exposure.

Not Up to Date on Vaccinations

  • Required to quarantine for 7 days from last exposure and test negative using an antigen test at the end of that period to be cleared from quarantine.
  • Required to report close contact to CHWB@andrew.cmu.edu.
  • If symptomatic, test ASAP.

There are several circumstances in which individuals will still be required to wear a high-quality, well-fitting facial covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Anyone who has been a close contact of a positive case within 10 days of exposure.
  • Anyone visiting or working at Tartan Testing or University Health Services.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Facial coverings are required to be worn for at least three days following the seven days of isolation.
Reminder: Tartan Testing is for asymptomatic individuals. Please report symptoms and positive cases to CHWB@andrew.cmu.edu. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes during an infectious period.

Plans for Symptoms

Students
Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are a student:

  • Experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms
  • Suspect you have COVID-19
  • Or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

Contact University Health Services (UHS) and do not use Tartan Testing. Follow this these three simple steps.

Action Plan for Students (PDF)

Faculty and Staff
Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are a faculty or staff member:

  • Experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms
  • Suspect you have COVID-19
  • Or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

Do not use Tartan Testing. Follow these three simple steps

Action Plan for Faculty and Staff (PDF)

Point Person
If COVID-19 Symptoms Are Reported to You

If a CMU student, faculty or staff member reaches out to you as their point-person (examples: manager, Student Affairs staff, etc.) as they are experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms, follow these three simple steps.

If Symptoms Are Reported to You (PDF)

Plans for Positive Tests

Students On and Off Campus
Who Receive a Positive COVID-19 Test Result

If you are a student who received a positive COVID-19 test result (administered by CMU Tartan Testing or NOT administered by CMU), these three steps will be followed.

If You Receive a Positive Test Result (PDF)

Faculty/Staff
Who Receive a Positive COVID-19 Test Result

If you are a faculty or staff member who received a positive COVID-19 test result (administered by CMU Tartan Testing or NOT administered by CMU), these three steps will be followed.

If You Receive a Positive Test Result (PDF)