COVID-19 Case Management
Effectively protecting against and managing COVID-19 in a campus community requires individuals to perform daily symptom checks, get tested for COVID-19 if symptomatic or otherwise directed, self-report test results, and follow contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and return to campus instructions, and get vaccinated against COVID-19. BYU is partnering with the Utah County Health Department to facilitate this process.
Testing is an important component of successfully preventing and managing the spread of COVID-19. Brigham Young University students 18 years or older who live in on-campus housing or attend at least one in-person or blended class are asked to participate in COVID-19 testing within five broad categories:
1) Testing of symptomatic individuals: This testing is offered to BYU students and employees at the BYU Student Health Center and multiple other locations in Utah County. Click here for additional information.
2) Entry testing for students who are new to campus during spring term 2021: BYU will offer entry testing to all students who were not previously enrolled in classes during winter semester 2021 and are attending at least one course that involves in-person instruction. This testing will be completed within the first 10 calendar days of the start of classes in 2021. Click here to sign up for an entry test.
3) Random testing: This testing will apply to all on-campus student residents and any student who attends at least one in-person or blended class during spring term. This testing will commence after the entry testing is completed during the first 10 calendar days of the term. Individuals selected to participate in random testing will be provided with additional information.
4) Close contact testing: This testing is offered to BYU students and employees who have been in direct close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 and have not been fully vaccinated. Testing is offered at the BYU Student Health Center. Click here for additional information.
5) Focused testing: This testing will be directed by BYU’s Unified Command. Individuals selected for focused testing will be provided with additional information.
There will be no charge to individuals for testing that is directed by BYU's Unified Command.
COVID-19 Self Reporting
BYU students and employees attending classes or working on campus are required to report a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 to BYU. The result may be reported via this form. Students who are instructed to isolate or quarantine should contact their professors to continue their coursework remotely. Employees who are instructed to isolate or quarantine should contact their supervisor to discuss work from home or other options.
Isolation/Quarantine/Physical Distancing/Return to Campus
Individuals must adhere to instructions to isolate, quarantine, practice physical distancing, and for returning to campus as given to them from the Utah County Health Department or BYU Risk Management and Safety.
Isolation is required for those who have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Also, individuals who are symptomatic and awaiting a test result should self-isolate. As general guidance, individuals who know they had COVID-19 or had symptoms and think they had COVID-19, should be aware of CDC recommendations for ending isolation.
Quarantine is for those who have had direct close contact with a confirmed case and have not been fully vaccinated. Direct close contact means being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. During quarantine, individuals should self-monitor for symptoms. Because of the incubation period of COVID-19, individuals in quarantine should stay home and monitor for symptoms for 10 days since their last exposure. Individuals who live with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days. Individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 by someone outside of their household may be able test out of quarantine after 7 days following these recommendations from the Utah Department of Health.
Additionally, individuals who are fully vaccinated (had 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are not required to quarantine if it has been at least two weeks since they completed the vaccination process.
Physical distancing is a practice for all to follow. Public health officials recommend remaining at least 6 feet apart from others.
Criteria to return to campus: Individuals may leave isolation or quarantine in accordance with the above instructions and those they receive from the Utah County Health Department or BYU Risk Management and Safety.
Contact the BYU COVID-19 Hotline at 801-422-7662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(as of July 27, 2021)
|Summer Term Data||Cases||Percentage of Campus Community|
|Cases no longer in isolation||31|
Active cases include individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 during summer term 2021 (June 18–Aug 12) and are currently in isolation. The number of reported cases includes students, faculty and staff who tested positive while either working at BYU or enrolled in classes during spring term and have been physically present in the local campus community. There are 20,000 people in the campus community this summer term.
||Cases||Percentage of Campus Community|
|Total reported cases||39||0.19%|
|Seven-day rolling average of new cases||1|
|Weekly Summary||Daily Average||Weekly Total|
|Week 1 (6/18–6/24)||0.1||1|
|Week 2 (6/25–7/1)||1.1||8|
|Week 3 (7/2–7/8)||1.1||8|
|Week 4 (7/9–7/15)||1.7||12|
|Week 5 (7/16–7/22)||1||7|
Note: There may be small differences in the Weekly Summary chart as BYU continues to receive additional information. Reported cases may be counted in a different semester or term based on testing date.
This data is based on the number of cases reported to BYU each week from a variety of sources including self-reporting, the BYU Student Health Center, and focused, risk-based testing.
Total number of reported cases during spring term (39), winter semester 2021 (1,185), winter break (317), fall semester 2020 (3,634), summer term 2020 (166), spring term 2020 (16) and winter semester 2020 (21): 5,378.
We ask the BYU campus community to help us track the spread of COVID-19. If you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please fill out this form.
This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease by making sure appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected.