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Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Louis University is working to identify and answer the many questions you may have about COVID-19 and its impact on you and the University. We will continue to update and add to these FAQs as needed.

For general information about the COVID-19 virus, including the latest information on spread, symptoms, treatment and who is at risk, visit the Centers for Disease Control's  Coronavirus (COVID-19) website .

Does the University have a plan?

Yes. SLU has a series of plans in place for any number of circumstances. The University also has tested plans and protocols in place for pandemic situations, should that need arise.

President Pestello launched a task force, including SLU’s infectious disease experts, to closely monitor the situation. This group, and the University leadership more broadly, continues to follow the lead of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as we work to maintain the health and safety of our community.

As campus-wide guidance changes, the University is working to communicate that to students, faculty and staff. 

Can I be tested for COVID-19?

Patients who meet clinical criteria to be tested for COVID-19 will be able to get tested. At this time, we do not have wide access to testing and cannot provide it for individuals who do not have any symptoms. Because kits are currently limited, we cannot be used at this time for healthy individuals.

What should I do if I have symptoms or have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19?

If you are experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911.

Employees: Call your primary care physician or Employee Health at 314-257-8400. SLU has established the Office of Employee Health as a central point of contact for all employees across the entire University who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive.  All faculty, staff, clinicians, residents and fellows must contact the Office of Employee Health if they are exhibiting signs of or have been exposed to COVID-19, or if they are under self-isolation due to a confirmed exposure 

Students: Call Student Health at 314-977-2323. If it after hours, ask to connect to our on-call nurse. Student Health will not take walk-in appointments - students will be directed to call our triage nurse for a phone assessment. This is for the safety of all of our students to further mitigate the spread of the virus. Always call first– a phone assessment must be completed before in-person evaluation or diagnostic testing.

How can I protect myself?

You can practice everyday healthy habits to help prevent the spread of any illness, including influenza and the coronavirus, which have similar symptoms. According to the CDC , these include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after you cough, sneeze or blow your nose. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).
  • The University encourages you to follow the CDC’s recommendations related to the use of face masks.
What should I do if I am concerned about someone’s mental and emotional health?

University leaders recognize that students, faculty, and staff from areas that are highly affected by COVID-19 – or with family in those areas – may have growing concerns about the outbreak.

If you know a student who may be feeling stressed or is struggling mentally or emotionally, please remind them that support and resources are available through International Services, the Student Health Center, the University Counseling Center, the Dean of Students and Campus Ministry.

If you know a faculty and staff member who may be struggling, you can encourage them to reach out to SLU's Employee Assistance Program.

At any time, if you or someone you know is in crisis, you can also call the National Suicide Prevision Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 741741.