COVID-19 Exposure and Medical Care

If You’ve Been Informed That You’re a Contact of Someone with COVID-19

If you are notified by the SAIC Case Management Team or by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) that you are a close contact—defined by the CDPH as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes over the course of a day starting from two days before the person began feeling sick until the time they were isolated—of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, the Case Management Team will provide specific guidance, but generally, you should expect to quarantine yourself for 14 days from the date of last contact with the ill person and maintain physical distance from others at all times. Self-monitor for symptoms and seek prompt medical evaluation if you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. 

If you show signs or symptoms or are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19:

  • Students: Contact SAIC’s Health Services at or 312.499.4288, and you will be directed to the nearest clinic for additional instructions.
  • Faculty and staff: Notify Human Resources at and your primary care provider.

Medical Care

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, first call 911 and then Campus Security at 312.899.1230.

Signs that you may need emergency medical assistance related to COVID-19 include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

For non-urgent medical advice or care:

  • Students: Contact SAIC Health Services at or 312.499.4288 during business hours, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Faculty and staff: Contact your primary care provider.