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COVID-19 Case Management

The Process

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. BYU is partnering with the Utah County Health Department to facilitate this process.

Healthy Together App

In order to come to campus and access campus services, BYU students and employees are required to download and use the Healthy Together App or complete a daily checkup form. This app facilitates symptom checking, contact tracing and test scheduling.

COVID-19 Testing

Testing is an important component of successfully preventing and managing the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with Utah State Public Health Order 2020-27 and the Utah System of Higher Education COVID-19 Intensive Testing Plan, 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. Click here for additional information.

2) Entry testing for students returning to campus: BYU will offer entry testing to all on-campus residents and any student who attends 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 winter semester. This testing will commence after the entry testing is completed during the first 10 calendar days of the semester. 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. 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. 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.

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.

Questions?

Contact the BYU COVID-19 Hotline at 801-422-7662 or email casemanagement@byu.edu.

Confirmed BYU Cases

Winter Semester

(as of Feb 26, 2021)

Winter Semester Data Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Active cases 53 0.13%
Cases no longer in isolation 911

Active cases include individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 during winter semester (Jan. 8–April 21) 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 winter semester and have been physically present in the local campus community. There are 42,000 people in the campus community this winter semester.

chart depicting daily active cases of COVID-19 on campus

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Winter Semester Entry Testing Number of Tests Positivity Rate
Jan. 8 2,159 1.11%
Jan. 9 1,512 0.73%
Jan. 11 2,235 0.85%
Jan. 12 2,631 0.38%
Jan. 13 3,006 0.73%
Jan. 14 2,505 0.48%
Jan. 15 2,100 0.57%
Jan. 16 826 0.48%
Jan. 19 1,068 0.94%
Jan. 20 1,119 1.07%
TOTAL 19,161 Less than 1% (0.71%)

Positive cases from the winter semester 2021 entry testing are included in both the daily active case count above and the cumulative case count below. The student screening tests are rapid antigen point-of-care diagnostic tests given to students who are not symptomatic.

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Winter Semester Data
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Total reported cases 964 2.3%
Seven-day rolling average of new cases 12

Weekly Summary Daily Average Weekly Total
Week 1 (1/8–1/14) 35.9 251
Week 2 (1/15–1/21) 26.1 183
Week 3 (1/22–1/28) 28.1 197
Week 4 (1/29–2/4) 17.9 125
Week 5 (2/5–2/11) 12.3 86
Week 6 (2/12–2/18) 10.6 74
Week 7 (2/19–2/25) 5.3 37

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 random testing, self-reporting, the BYU Student Health Center, the Healthy Together app, the winter semester entry testing and focused, risk-based testing.

Total number of reported cases during the winter break (317), fall semester (3,634), summer term (166), spring term (16) and winter semester 2020 (21): 4,154.

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.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease by making sure appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected.