COVID-19: Health and Safety Plan

Appendix: Self-Monitoring

Revised December 11, 2020

Arcadia is committed to the health and well-being of its community members. For important COVID-19 (coronavirus) information, including FAQs, visit our Coronavirus page.

Student Health Services recommendations 

For the health and safety of all University community members, Arcadia’s protocol is in accordance with Governor Wolf’s Stay-At-Home Order to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and in order to slow down the rate at which it spreads. 

Guidance for self-monitoring

This guidance is to help you closely monitor your health. It is very important for you to monitor your health so that you can be taken care of and treated quickly if you do get sick. Based on what is known from other coronavirus infections, 14 days is the longest time between when you were last exposed to coronavirus and when symptoms begin.

What are the signs and symptoms of coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are fever, chills, and cough. Some people also report difficulty breathing, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, lack of taste and smell, headache and more rarely sore throat or abdominal discomfort. These symptoms can also be due to many other illnesses. If you develop a fever or any symptoms, it doesn't mean you have coronavirus.

Proactive protective and careful measures during this time period:

  • Stay home except to get medical care—call ahead before visiting your primary care physician. You should avoid contact with others and limit travel.
  • Use the attached self-monitoring log to track your symptoms or fever.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands afterward with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer; use soap and water.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces daily with a household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Monitor your symptoms and if they develop or worsen then call your health care provider before seeking in-person care.
What should I do if I become ill during this monitoring period?

DO NOT GO to a clinic or hospital without first calling your primary care provider, Student Health Services, or consult a physician through TeleHealth. If your symptoms are mild, it is possible that you may be able remain at home. It it is determined that you need medical attention, we will assist you in getting the help you need. Prevention is the best way to limit the spread of disease.

Arcadia University Student Health Services


If you feel your symptoms are at EMERGENCY LEVELS i.e. severe shortness of breath, fever over 103.0F, severe chest pain, etc., that cannot wait until the morning, call 911 and explain that you are being monitored for potential exposure to coronavirus and need emergency medical care.

Self-Monitoring Guide