Daily Health Check

July 31, 2020

In accordance with State of Connecticut Reopen rules, and, more importantly, to support best public health practices on our campus, I am providing weekly reminders on polices intended to promote campus safety. These reminders are meant to complement and reinforce the information presented in the Return to Yale Campus Training and Yale University  COVID-19 Workplace Guidance website. Today I will focus on helping you to understand the requirements and process for performing a daily health check for symptoms prior to coming to campus.

Understanding Yale’s Daily Health Check Requirement

As a community, we must be considerate of the health and safety of our families, students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. One way that we can work together to help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is for Yale community members to monitor for certain symptoms through a process called the Daily Health Check.  Following the process outlined below will help you to ensure that you are symptom-free prior to coming to campus and complying with Yale requirements. It will also provide guidance if you do develop symptoms.

1. Am I required to perform the Daily Health Check to monitor for symptoms?
All faculty, students, and staff who plan to come to campus must monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving on campus each day.

2. What are my options for reporting my Daily Health Check?
In General:

Please note that certain groups (e.g. Yale Medicine physicians, Local 35 staff) may be utilizing alternative protocols approved by the University. In these instances, individuals will receive instructions from their department.

3. What symptoms should I monitor for?

  • Fever greater than 99.9° F or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea

4 . What should I do if I have any of these symptoms?

  • Stay home and call your primary care provider (PCP). If you do not have a PCP, call Yale Employee Health (203-432-7978), Student Health (203-432-0312) or the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604).
    • Clinical staff will advise you on how to monitor and treat your symptoms, and how to protect others from exposure.
  • Call your dean, departmental designee, or supervisor to let them know you will be staying home.
  • Do not return to campus (or leave your on-campus residence) until you have clinical clearance from your PCP, Employee Health, or Student Health to do so.

Following the Daily Health Check process is a critical way for us to continue to work together to reduce the spread of COVID‐19 and for you to protect your own health.

Stephanie S. Spangler, M.D.
Vice Provost for Health Affairs and Academic Integrity
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
University COVID-19 Coordinator