Health Alerts

To get the latest on COVID-19, visit the readily available public resources.

These include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention situation summary  as well as the Ohio Department of Health, the City of Cincinnati Health Department as well as the Hamilton County Public Health.  

Reporting requirements

Any and all information gathered through the University of Cincinnati's reporting process will remain as private as possible, as directed by the health department.  See The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for specific regulations around privacy and confidentiality. The reporting requirement will allow UC University Health Services to provide education, guidance and care monitoring.

University Health Services has launched a new data capture system in partnership with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) that will help automate and streamline reporting and prevention of potential COVID-19 exposures for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

The following individuals from the UC community are required to report to University Health Services:

  • Anyone returning from international travel, regardless of country traveled from.
  • Anyone returning from travel by cruise ship.
  • Anyone returning from the Greater New York metropolitan area or other “hot spot” of the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • Anyone with close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 by laboratory testing or with a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19, meaning not tested but diagnosed by a physician as likely to have the infection.
  • Anyone living on campus in University Housing and having symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including flu-like symptoms with chills, muscle aches, and diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath, or fever. In addition, the sudden loss of the sense of smell or taste can be an early sign of COVID-19 and should be immediately reported.


Reporting is simple:

  • Email COVIDWatch@uc.edu with your name and cell phone number if meet any of the above criteria.
  • You will receive an immediate response with a link to an online form. Your responses will be entered into a HIPAA compliant database through REDCapTM (Research Electronic Data Capture) and will be confidential to the highest degree possible during this public health crisis.
  • Your responses will be reviewed by a clinician, and you will receive individualized guidance by email. You will also be contacted by phone as deemed necessary by the reviewing clinician.

Again, if you are having any symptoms and are concerned that they may be due to COVID-19, please contact UHS immediately at COVIDWatch@uc.edu

Please contact UHS at COVIDHelp@uc.edu if you have questions regarding the reporting process.

Good health practices

The same precautions that will protect you from the common cold and the flu will protect you from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home you are ill (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC does not routinely recommend the use of face masks by the public to prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at this time for the prevention of COVID-19.

We continue to closely monitor the guidelines from local, state and federal agencies. University Health Services works closely with and maintains coordination with local and state departments of health. UHS is able to screen for symptoms and follow all public health protocols should anyone with potential Coronavirus need care.

As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors is our top priority. We will continue to keep our community informed — and we encourage everyone to practice routine hygiene etiquette as this is the best way to prevent the spread of infection.

For more updates or information as they arrive, please visit University Health Services web page.

More information about COVID-19 can be found at The Ohio Department of Health.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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