Responding to COVID-19

What to do if you test positive for COVID‑19

If you have tested positive for COVID‑19, please:

  • Stay home or in your residence hall room.
  • Do not go to class, events, work or elsewhere.
  • Complete the COVID‑19 Reporting Form and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
  • If you are an employee, contact your department head or supervisor and follow their instructions (e.g., implement contingency plans for classes, etc.). If necessary, you should work with Human Resources to determine what leave, telework, and other options are available to allow you to remain off campus throughout your isolation or quarantine period.
  • If you are a student, contact your instructors to make arrangements to keep up with your course work. You can also contact the Student Success InfoLine for resources to help you keep up with your coursework.

What to do if you have been told to quarantine or have had close contact with someone who has COVID‑19

If you think you might have been exposed to someone with COVID‑19 or have been told you need to quarantine because you have had close contact with someone with COVID‑19, please:

  • Stay home or in your residence hall room.
  • Do not go to class, events, work or elsewhere.
  • Complete the COVID‑19 Reporting Form and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
  • If you are uncertain, you should contact the COVID-19 Response Team at COVID19@MissouriState.edu so they can advise you and others on whether and how to quarantine.
  • If you are an employee, contact your department head or supervisor and follow their instructions (e.g., implement contingency plans for classes, etc.). If necessary, you should work with Human Resources to determine what leave, telework, and other options are available to allow you to remain off campus throughout your isolation or quarantine period.
  • If you are a student, contact your instructors to make arrangements to keep up with your course work. You can also contact the Student Success InfoLine for resources to help you keep up with your coursework.

When you can return to campus if you tested positive or were exposed to someone who tested positive

Students, staff and faculty may not come to or move about campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19 unless they do one of the following:

  • Met the current CDC guidance to be released from isolation.
  • Been released by a healthcare provider.
  • Been released by their local health department.

Students, staff and faculty may not come to or move about campus if they have experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 10 days that are unexplained*:

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

*Students, faculty and staff may not return to or move about campus unless and until they do one of the following:

  • Undergone testing for COVID-19, received results indicating that they are negative for COVID-19 infection, and provided documentation of such results to their supervisor.
  • Alternatively, may present documentation from a health care provider indicating that they have been approved to return to campus.
  • It has been 10 days since symptom onset, they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, and all other symptoms have significantly improved.

Students, staff and faculty may not come to campus if they have had close contact within the last 14 days with a known COVID‑19 positive person.

Students, faculty and staff must follow CDC guidance upon returning from international travel and will be tested for COVID-19 between seven and ten days of their return.

COVID‑19 testing and contact tracing

The university has developed a COVID‑19 testing plan to reduce campus risks of an outbreak occurring on campus. The three-prong testing strategy is designed to identify cases early and limit spread. The university will provide testing for:

  • Individuals with symptoms.
  • Groups identified with increased risks.
  • Ongoing testing.

No out-of-pocket costs

If you are being tested for COVID-19 at Magers due to symptoms and you have insurance, your insurance company will be billed for the test. If you do not have insurance or if your insurance does not cover the entire cost of the test, the university will cover the unpaid portion of the test. All other COVID‑19 tests that are part of the university’s testing plan will be administered at no cost to the student or employee.

Contact tracing

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is responsible for contact tracing for all cases involving residents within Greene County, including individuals living on campus. The university has contact tracing staff to provide additional support to the campus community in addition to the health department’s efforts.

Campus Contingency Plans

The university is taking steps to reduce the risk of a COVID‑19 outbreak on campus. These steps include:

  • Having testing readily available for students, faculty and staff who have symptoms of COVID‑19.
  • Conducting testing of asymptomatic students, faculty and staff.
  • Working closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to support their investigation, contact tracing, testing and isolation/quarantine of campus community members who have contracted COVID‑19 or had a close contact with someone with COVID‑19.
  • Having procedures and available space to manage students needing to quarantine/isolate as required.
  • Using temporary facility closures to allow for additional cleaning and monitoring.
  • Working closely with local officials to assess the health care/public health systems’ capacity to manage cases on campus.

The university constantly evaluates factors and data relevant to the impact COVID‑19 is having on the university community and operations. The university will move classes to alternative delivery methods, modify and cancel events and activities, and implement other contingency plans as appropriate.

To the extent possible, the university will implement temporary contingency plans that alter delivery methods only for particular classes, events and activities.

If necessary, the university will implement longer-term contingency plans that alter delivery methods for a broader section of classes, events and activities. The university will work to maintain traditional delivery of labs and other hands-on learning modules to the extent possible.