COVID-19 exposure/illness hotline

If you feel sick or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, don’t come to work. Call the hotline.


8 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday • 8 am-12:30 pm Saturday & Sunday

If someone is exposed

If you have been exposed to COVID-19

Local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their guidance for essential employees, including health-care personnel, who are exposed to COVID-19. Previously, such employees had to be quarantined for 14 days. Now, essential employees who do not have symptoms may continue working after COVID-19 exposure if they:

  • Wear a mask while at work for 14 days after their last known exposure to COVID-19
  • Monitor their temperature and symptoms for 14 days after their last known exposure to COVID-19

Essential employees who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, such as fever, coughing, shortness of breath, muscle/body aches, or loss of taste or smell, must:

  • Stop working immediately, if symptoms develop at work; if symptoms develop during off-hours, employees should not report to work for their next shift.
  • Notify their supervisor and the appropriate occupational health office or the WUSM/BJC employee hotline for COVID-19 exposure or illness at 314-362- 5056. 
    Learn more about the hotline »

Guidance for supervisors

If someone under your supervision (faculty, staff or trainee) thinks they have been exposed, please refer to FAQs for Supervisors.

If someone tests positive for COVID-19

If a coworker tests positive, Occupational Health will quickly assess the situation to determine next steps to protect our employees while also protecting individuals’ HIPAA rights. The Office of Student and Occupational Health Services (as delegated by the Department of Health) is responsible for all communications regarding a COVID-19-positive person on campus. Monitoring software, FairWarning, also is in place to ensure access to COVID testing results and treatment are appropriate. In all cases, we work closely with the St. Louis Health Department to identify and reach out directly to anyone who may have had an exposure.

Confidentiality requirements

You may learn that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, either from the individual directly or from Occupational or Student Health Services. Please remember that all information related to a person being tested for COVID-19, or furloughed as a precautionary measure, is considered PHI, even when they are a health-care worker. The confidentiality of this information is legally protected and you may not disseminate this information (even in a de-identified form) any further. Inappropriate disclosure of confidential information is a violation of policy and could be subject to sanctions.