The purpose of this form is to identify positive COVID-19 cases among the student body at Rush University and to conduct contract tracing when needed. We have also included the self-clearance return-to-campus guidelines after testing positive for COVID-19. If you have any questions, please reach out to


Returning to Campus After a Positive Test Guidelines:

On Friday, March 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance and information for a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19. While the CDC's Respiratory Virus Guidance provides practical information to help reduce transmission of common respiratory viruses, it is intended for a general audience and community settings.

In accordance with CDC, the updated guidance does not apply to healthcare settings; therefore, as stated in the 3/6/24 communication from RUSH Infection Prevention and Control, there will be no changes to RUSH's current COVID-19 discontinuation guidelines or return-to-campus guidelines.

Beginning on day five, students should ask themselves two questions:


1. Have I been fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication?

2. Have my symptoms resolved or are they significantly improving?

*Reminder: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test.

As soon as you can answer yes to both questions, any time from days five to nine, you may return to campus the next day. If you continue to have symptoms after day 10 that prevent return to campus self-clearance, contact a healthcare provider for follow-up care.

Clearance for return to campus is a self-guided process. Student Health will not provide clearance and will not require further screening documentation.


NOTE: If you are also a Rush employee and test positive, please make sure to review and follow the most current Return to Work Guidelines as published by Rush Employee and Corporate Health Services on Inside Rush. If you have additional questions, please contact


Thank you!

Rush University

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