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Carthage and COVID-19

Symptom Monitoring

One of the most important ways to keep our community safe is to conduct symptom monitoring every day. All Carthage students and employees must self-monitor symptoms daily before leaving their residence hall rooms, coming to campus, or reporting to work.

Self-Screen for Symptoms: #StaySafeCarthage Daily Check-in

Carthage has created a daily symptom monitoring tool for use by all students, faculty, and staff. The #StaySafeCarthage Daily Check-in is an online, mobile-friendly tool that will allow all community members to quickly and easily screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. The self-checks take just a minute to complete. Our goal is 100 percent participation. 

How it works:

  • Students, faculty, and staff will get a daily reminder, either on their phone or through email, to review a list of COVID symptoms, and also communicate COVID testing and results.
  • Based on your selections, you will receive a message indicating you are clear to attend class or report to work, as well as information and directions should you need to isolate or seek medical attention.
  • Students will have the ability to notify faculty if they will be participating in class remotely due to health reasons.
  • You only need to report a negative test result during the week you learn of the result. As testing will be available on campus, you might need to report on future tests during the semester. Test results will be summarized on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Individual digital thermometers will be available to individuals who need one. Students will receive one at arrival, and faculty and staff can pick one up in the Human Resources office.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms could include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you exhibit any of the symptoms above, it is important that individuals do not come to campus, attend class, or participate in campus activities. #StaySafeCarthage Daily Check-in will be the main mechanism for communicating and capturing COVID-19 issues. More information will be available shortly for the launch.

Allergies vs. COVID?

The CDC has reference material to advise on the similarities and differences between allergies and COVID.

Smell Testing for COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring

Carthage is providing a free smell test to students and employees to complete on their own. The scratch-and-sniff card features eight familiar scents that each person should identify from a list of options, multiple-choice style. New and returning students will receive the card during check-in, while faculty and staff should pick up theirs at the Human Resources office in Lentz Hall. Each person should report the test results while completing the #StaySafeCarthage Daily Check-in. Three or more misidentified odors could signal the presence of COVID-19.

In addition, the eight-item test establishes a baseline for all who opt into a longer Carthage research study that the Psychological Science Department is undertaking. Participants will monitor themselves daily to make sure they can still smell three provided items. To enroll, visit the Smell Study website.

For Employees

As we move operations back to campus, it is critical that we follow this self-monitoring system.

  • Faculty and staff will have access to the symptom monitoring tools above.
  • If you or members of your household have any symptoms listed above, you should contact your supervisor and should not report to work.
  • If you have already reported to work when symptoms develop, you should notify your supervisor, leave campus immediately, and then work with your supervisor to make alternate remote working arrangements when possible.
  • It is advised that you contact your physician and/or access area testing. For information on testing, contact the local hotline at 211 or the Kenosha County Health Department at 262-605-6700. See a list of local testing sites