Today's Update: Monday, November 9

November 9, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, Do you have your green check mark today? It’s the confirmation you get when you take your temperature and answer a few quick health related questions. It’s also an important public health step to limit COVID-19 exposure to others.  

A daily health check to report body temperature and health status is required for all students, faculty and staff each day they come to campus or work in the community on behalf of the university. For those living on campus, this means they need to report in every day. Requiring a daily check of all on-campus individuals helps the university to quickly identify any possible outbreaks from those exhibiting symptoms and move quickly to prevent transmission. 

You report through the Ohio State mobile app or compass.osu.edu.  

If you get a red X, you are not permitted to report for work. Your manager will monitor the team members’ compliance with daily reporting, and not just checking in on someone when there is a “red flag” alert when someone isn’t able to come to work. 

In general, the more closely and longer you interact with others, the higher the risk of spreading COVID-19 (and other viral illnesses). Checking your symptoms every day, even if you aren’t on campus or in public that day, can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. It can alert you to changes or worsening symptoms. 

Many of us would say “I’m fine” regardless of how we feel. Doing the daily health check provides a good moment every day to stop and really think about what your body is telling you.   

If it’s telling you that you’re ill, you shouldn’t be at work or around others. Symptoms of COVID 19 can be similar to other viral illnesses such as influenza and the common cold, which are also contagious. You shouldn’t be around others if you are contagious from any illness, not just COVID. None of us wants to spread disease to others, and the daily health check is a good prompt to consider your status.  

The point of all this is self-care as well as the care of others, something that needs more attention from all of us. It’s a Scarlet and Great way to pay attention to your health and protect the health of others, and one more thing we can do Together as Buckeyes.  

p.s. If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, now’s a good time to think about that, too! 

Melissa