COVID-19 Information and Resources

The safety and health of our students are the top priorities for Lewis University. Please check the university's home page regularly for important information and updates. 

Since January, Lewis University has been collaborating with the Will County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health to monitor and provide guidance to the university about the 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus. For the most up-to-date information and resources, please visit the following websites:

Sick with COVID-19 General Prevention

Now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted, here are some important reminders to keep our campus community healthy and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Continue to practice these healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself (and those around you!) healthy:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wear a cloth face covering when outside your home
  • Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others
  • Avoid touching your face or face covering
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Do not share personal or household items (cell phones/tablets/laptops/computer mice/make-up/utensils/drinking glasses/water bottles)
  • Plan to get a flu vaccination in the fall

For the most current information from the CDC about COVID-19, please visit:

CDC Resource: What to Do If You Are Sick:

Will County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline
815-740-8977 (Monday-Friday  8am - 4pm)

Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Testing Site Locator

Students who receive positive COVID-19 test results should follow all self-care and isolation instructions received from their health care provider, and should notify the COVID-19 Hotline.

 Daily Self-Screening for Symptoms

Before you start your day, please self-screen for fever or new onset of any of the following symptoms (that cannot be attributed to another reason):

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit/38.0 Celsius or higher)
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/Vomiting

COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include the symptoms listed above.

CDC COVID-19 Symptoms:

If you believe you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, ISOLATE yourself from others and CALL your primary health care provider BEFORE seeking care. Telehealth visits may be available to you through your primary health care provider or through your health care insurance coverage.

ALWAYS follow any instructions you receive from your healthcare provider.

If any of the following apply, DO NOT attend any face-to-face classes or activities:

  • You have a fever or have developed other symptoms of COVID-19
  • You have been notified that you have tested positive for COVID-19
  • You have been instructed to isolate due to suspected COVID-19
  • You have been instructed to quarantine due to possible exposure to an individual with COVID-19
  • You have been notified that you have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19

Contact your healthcare provider and follow any instructions you receive.
Notify the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline if:

  • You have been notified that you are a close contact of a positive individual and have been instructed to quarantine.
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Your healthcare provider has informed you that you are presumed to have COVID-19.

Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline: Phone (815) 588-7000 or Email:

 Prevention Information & Resources

How to Take your Temperature

Cloth Face Covering
Hand Washing

Social Distancing
Know the Symptoms

 Quarantine and Isolation


Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

Source: CDC Website 5/29/20