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updated April 3, 2020 at 12:37 p.m.

Stay home if you feel sick or have a fever.
If you are sick and are in need of medical care, call your health care provider for their instruction before leaving home. NKU’s Health Services has set up a telephone triage at (859) 572-5650 for those who are sick and need a consultation.

It’s important to note that testing for COVID-19 is being routed through Health Departments, and there is a process to follow if you need to get tested.

The Kentucky Department of Health

If you have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms and believe you have had exposure to a known case or traveled to an area with community spread, you should:

  • Isolate yourself from others in your home and contact your local health department to describe your symptoms and any recent travel before you go to the healthcare facility.
  • If you want advice about your illness, call the hotline at (800) 722-5725.
  • If you are sick and feel you have an emergency, please call your doctor and seek medical care. 
Chart showing when to seek care if think have COVID-19
image courtesy of Kentucky Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health

Ohio Department of Health strongly recommends that all Ohioans immediately take the following actions if they feel sick:

  • Call your doctor immediately (before seeking care­) if you feel like you are developing fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. In adults, these can include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.
  • Have severe, acute lower respiratory illness requiring hospitalization and no other diagnosis to explain the symptoms. 
  • For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634)
  • Top recommendations if you get sick

If you are feeling sick...

Please call and do not come into the Student Health Center. A trained medical professional will guide you on next steps.

For employees with specific health concerns, please contact your primary care provider. Additional information is also available on the Kentucky and Ohio Health Department websites.


Managing Mental Health and Relieving Anxiety

Kentucky Department of Health Tips Dealing with anxiety and stress
From the Kentucky Department of Health website: Uncertainty leads to anxiety. Follow these tips to maintain your mental health & reduce anxiety. Please seek professional help if needed. For more information, visit the CDC guidance for managing anxiety and stress.