Daily Health Check

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. 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.

This daily check is reported through the Ohio State mobile app or compass.osu.edu. Thermometers are part of the return-to-campus PPE safety kits provided to students, faculty and staff. The kits include one disposable mask, two reusable masks, a thermometer, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. 

Employees who do not meet the established guidelines are not permitted to report to work. Accountability measures are in place for those who repeatedly refuse to participate in health reporting.

Ohio State takes all individuals’ privacy seriously. The data collected is only used through the university’s response to the pandemic and then will be purged. Location services through the Ohio State app are not used in conjunction with this form submission. A limited number of designated university administrators can see whether an individual needs to remain at home or in their residence hall, or is safe to visit campus. These administrators cannot access or view the symptoms that are entered.

Symptoms of COVID-19

A daily health check is the most effective way to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, which include the following:

  • A fever of 100°F or higher
  • Respiratory symptoms, such as dry cough or shortness of breath
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Muscle or body ache
  • Chills 
  • Loss of taste or smell

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Keep in mind, many people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and are able to recover at home.

If you have had COVID -19 (Coronavirus) it is important to know:  

  • Coronavirus may cause heart muscle inflammation called myocarditis 
  • Vigorous exercise with myocarditis can increase risk for heart rhythm problems
  • Once viral symptoms resolve, it is important to slowly increase the intensity of your exercise being aware of any heart symptoms

If you have heart symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, abnormal heart beats, near passing out or passing out, please seek medical help.

Health reporting process

  1. Take your temperature.
  2. Log in to the health reporting tool via compass.osu.edu or the Ohio State app.
  3. In the COVID-19 health reporting section, record your temperature and answer other health reporting questions.
  4. Receive your daily health passport. This passport is good for entry to all open buildings during the day it was submitted.
    • RED = Stay home
    • GREEN = Clear to come to campus

Accountability measures

Accountability measures are in place for those who do not complete the training and sign the pledge, or choose not to abide by required health and safety guidelines. These accountability measures may range from additional training and informal coaching to formal disciplinary action based on existing structures for students, faculty and staff.

Frequently asked questions

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Can I report my health information by phone?

Yes. Individuals who do not have access to the Ohio State app or compass.osu.edu can call 614-247-7000 to report. 

Do I have to track my temperature each day?

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. 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.

This daily check can be reported through the Ohio State mobile app or compass.osu.edu. Thermometers are part of the return-to-campus PPE safety kits provided to students, faculty and staff. The kits include one disposable mask, two reusable masks, a thermometer, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Accountability measures will be in place for those who refuse to complete the training or abide by required health and safety guidelines.

Health Reporting doesn’t show up in Compass for me

Health Reporting doesn’t show up in the Ohio State App for me

  • Make sure you are logged into the Ohio State app.
  • Navigate to the “About You” tab and, if it still isn’t present, update your app.
  • If you are unable to update your operating system to iOS 13+ or Android 7+ use compass.osu.edu in your mobile browser to complete your reporting.

 

How long will my health passport last?

The form resets every 18 hours. You should plan to report your health status daily through the Ohio State app or compass.osu.edu.

How often do I have to report health information?

Once daily when you plan to be on campus or engage with the community on behalf of the university.

Is daily health check data being used for research purposes?

There will not be research done using this data without following appropriate IRB procedures.

Is this HIPAA Data?

No. The university has determined that this is not HIPAA data. It is however sensitive personal data which is protected by our institutional data policy and privacy principles.

Should I use the Ohio State app or Compass?

  • Use whichever tool you’re most comfortable with - both the Ohio State app and Compass display and allow you to update your health reporting details. Information updates across tools so you can use both options interchangeably. 
  • The Ohio State app is free to download in the Apple App or Google Play store for devices running iOS 13/Android 7 or higher. 
  • Compass can be accessed through any web browser by visiting compass.osu.edu.

 

What steps should be taken if an employee becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms?

The university requires all employees who can do so to work from home. For those physically working on-site in critical areas, employees who are sick should remain out of the workplace until:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved

 

Who is required to complete the daily health check?

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. 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.

Who will be able to see what employees report?

Technical team: A small number of IT staff who support the apps and secure the data.

Manager reports: Your manager only receives an email if your status is red. Your manager does not receive any specific information about you, just that your status was such that you should stay home.

Monitoring team: The university’s designated health-monitoring team will be able to access data for university-wide health forecasting.

Will I need to show my health passport to someone to gain entry to a building?

Not all buildings will require you to present your health passport for entry. It will vary from building to building. 


Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.