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Monitoring and Contact Tracing

As detailed in the Community Commitment that our students, faculty and staff have signed on to, our Falcon Family is moving forward together to keep our learning communities safe and productive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the following information regarding daily symptom monitoring and how contact tracing is being conducted at BGSU.  

Daily Symptom Monitoring

All of us need to be vigilant in self-monitoring for symptoms. If you typically have common symptoms such as congestion related to allergies or infrequent headaches, take note of whether symptoms are different and follow up if they are beyond your normal baseline. An elevated temperature of concern is at or above 38 C or 100.4 F. Self-monitoring your temperature at home or with thermal scanners placed in buildings on campus should be a practice each day. 

BGSU has launched the #CampusClear app, which can be downloaded for free and used for daily health screenings.

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If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home or at your residence hall room and contact your medical provider or Falcon Health Center to decide whether testing is appropriate. Your supervisor or department director should be notified that you are staying at home. The chief health officer and COVID-19 Response Team are also available to answer questions and provide guidance on next steps at health@bgsu.edu or via the Hotline at 419-372-3000, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is important in minimizing the spread of the virus and is the process of identifying individuals who may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The Wood County Health Department is the primary agency responsible for conducting contact tracing for any individuals residing in Wood County. BGSU is working in partnership with the health department to support their efforts. 

When an individual tests positive, they will be asked by the health department or the COVID-19 Response Team (email health@bgsu.edu or call the hotline Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 419-372-3000) about who they have been in close proximity to (within six feet for greater than 15 minutes) from when isolation began back to 48 hours prior to symptoms starting. If an individual is asymptomatic, they will be asked about contacts back to 48 hours before their positive test was taken. Contact tracing minimizes the continued spread of the virus and underscores the importance of maintaining six feet of distance. Monitoring for symptoms and contacting a medical provider should symptoms develop is important during isolation and quarantine.