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Daily Health Survey

Mount St. Mary’s University is making every effort to mitigate potential risks and promote the safety of our community during this pandemic. We ask your cooperation by completing this short questionnaire.

This information will be disclosed and used solely for the purposes of determining your safety and the safety of others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please ensure at all times that you are following protocols for hand hygiene and physical distancing and also remember to clean your keys, phone, computers and other personal items frequently.

The questionnaire intends to identify NEW symptoms or worsening of symptoms that could be related to this pandemic. Symptoms related to pre-existing conditions or allergies are excluded from this questionnaire.

1.Do you have any of the following symptoms which are new or have worsened:

  • Fever?
  • Cough?
  • Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing?
  • Congestion or Runny Nose?
  • Chills/Shaking?
  • Muscle Pain?
  • Headache?
  • Fatigue?
  • Sore Throat?
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell?
  • Diarrhea? Nausea or vomiting?

2. Did you have close contact with someone who has a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19?

3. Did you have close contact with a person who had acute respiratory illness that started within 14 days of their close contact with someone who has a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19?

4. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

5. Have you returned to the U.S. from outside the country in the past 14 days?

If you answer “YES” to any of the above, you will not be permitted to proceed at this time and you must self-quarantine. If you answer “NO” to all of the above, you can proceed.

Information on submitting the Daily Health Survey will be available shortly.

FAQs: Daily Health Survey

1. How often do I need to submit the survey?

Daily. All students and employees are required to submit the health survey and check their temperature every day that they are on campus or plan to be on campus.

2. I’m not going to be on campus today. Do I need to submit the health survey?

Yes. If you would, under normal circumstances, be expected on campus (work, classes, etc.) you need to submit the form. The survey allows you to note you do not plan to be on campus today.

3. Do I have to wait for someone to tell me I can come to campus?

No. If you are able to answer ‘no’ to all questions, you may proceed.

4. What does “close contact” mean?

Close contact means someone was closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes from an individual who is positive for COVID-19. It does not matter if the individuals were wearing face coverings.

  • If the COVID-19 positive person had symptoms, the contact time would start 2 days (48 hours) before they developed symptoms.
  • If the person did not have symptoms, the contact time would start 2 days (48 hours) before the date of the positive COVID-19 test.

5. What happens if I answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions?

If you answer "yes" to any of the questions on the daily health survey, you are not permitted to come to campus or move around on campus at this time. For resident students, please contact your RA for additional guidance and the Health Center should contact you to assess your condition. For undergraduate commuter students, please contact the Dean of Students.

6. What if my situation changes after I submit the health survey?

Students should go to your room (residence hall or home), and contact the Health Center.

7. What if I answer a question incorrectly and submit the health survey before I catch it?

Contact the Dean of Students Office to inform them of your error. Only the Dean’s Office can override the error.

8. What if a student comes to campus and shouldn’t have based on the health survey responses?

Students should be referred to the Mount’s Health Center.

9. Is the survey HIPAA compliant?

Yes, in order to assist with the public health collection of information about those who are sick with, exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a bulletin describing greater flexibility in the HIPAA law.

Mount St. Mary’s University is not a healthcare entity and as such is released from the regulations tied to HIPAA. We are, however, responsible for handling any COVID-19 related health information about our employees and students in a confidential manner. This means that though we can call any of your close contacts, IF you happen to test positive for COVID-19, to tell them they’ve been exposed to you, we CANNOT describe your health/symptoms, etc. We can also inform the Mount community that one of our employees or students is positive for COVID-19, but we can’t divulge the individual’s name.

10. What is the university doing with the information from the health survey?

Data collected will only be stored for the duration of the global pandemic. The University’s Dean of Students will be able to see the following information for those individuals who report to them: Name and whether a student completed the survey and is able to access campus that day. They will not have access to the individual’s answers to each question on the survey.