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What should I do if I begin to feel ill overnight?

Students who begin to feel ill overnight should limit contact with other individuals, closely monitor their symptoms, take normal precautions (rest, drink fluids, consider taking over the counter medicines), and consider scheduling a Telehealth appointment with University Health Services for the following day (instructions on scheduling this appointment can be found here: https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/university-health-service). If symptoms severely worsen, the student should seek emergency medical help by dialing 9-1-1.

What is the Daily 4.0?

The Daily 4.0 includes four daily actions to take if you plan on coming to campus at any point during the semester.

  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Physically distance.
  • Complete your daily wellness screening.

What kind of mental health support is available for students who need to isolate?

Students who share mental health concerns during a check in with a Health Corps Wellness Connector can be referred to the UK Counseling Center (UKCC) for telehealth services while they are in isolation or quarantine.

The UKCC is offering services primarily via telehealth (video and phone). 

Call (859) 257-8701 to make an appointment or speak with a clinician. 

UKCC is open 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday and have crisis/urgent availability by phone (859-257-8701) outside of business hours, including evenings, weekends, holidays and university closings.

Will University Health Service be available for in-person treatment of other things than COVID-19 or is it entirely telehealth?

Yes, UHS will be offering in-person services, including allergy shots, primary care, behavioral health and GYN/GU care. For a list of all services, visit: https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/university-health-service/student-health

Who do I contact if I have questions about COVID-19 exposure?

Our Health Corps team of experts is available to answer your questions. Call 218-SAFE or email healthcorps@uky.edu.

When/where am I required to wear a mask or face covering?

You should wear a face covering at all times unless you are alone in a room, alone outside, eating, drinking or exercising.  

Am I allowed to go home on the weekends?

We ask that—throughout the semester—our students remain on campus. However, because the situation is fluid, if a student does need to travel for any reason, we would ask that they follow recommended CDC health and safety guidelines upon their return.

Healthy Behaviors

What if I see strangers not following the rules? Should I step in and say something?

If the behavior isn’t affecting you, it’s best for you to walk away and protect yourself.

What if I see a friend posting pictures on social media where they aren’t being distant or wearing masks?

Don’t shame them publicly. Instead, DM them privately and say “Hey, I know you don’t mean to, but be careful in your photos. I noticed you didn’t have on a mask or weren’t physically distancing. I don’t want you to get sick or have to go into quarantine.”

What if a friend of mine insists on being part of unsafe large gatherings?

Have a conversation with them about the consequences of their actions. For example, “I know you don’t want our semester to end sooner than it should. I missed my friends and our campus life, but we can still hang out and be responsible. Just keep it small and safe.”

What if friends invite me to hang out? How do I know if it’s safe to do so?

When you receive the invitation, ask your friends if they intend to practice the safety protocols. If you don’t feel comfortable with their answers, ask them to mask up and practice physical distancing. If they don’t, politely decline the invitation.

What if my friends are too close?

Be polite and say, “Hey, we’re all a little too close. Let’s separate a bit and practice physical distancing.” When we are polite, we make people feel more comfortable.

Should I wear my mask when I’m in a car with friends?

Yes. In fact, riding in cars with friends has caused some students to have to be quarantined because of their exposure to COVID-19.

What if I’m attending a public event and people begin to bend the rules?

Let those hosting the event know. Most likely, they have the authority to make an announcement and enforce the guidelines. If you still feel uncomfortable, protect yourself by leaving.