Daily Health Check

A daily health check to report body temperature and health status will be required for all faculty, staff and students each day they intend to be on Ohio State’s campuses or working in the community or with clients on behalf of the university in the autumn. This daily check will be reported through the Ohio State mobile app or compass.osu.eduThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center employees should continue to use the health system’s health monitoring tool.

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

Details about the daily health check requirement will be shared soon, including the start date and availability of thermometers.

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 100.4°F or higher
  • Respiratory symptoms, such as dry cough or shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • 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.

Health Reporting Pilot

This tool is currently being pilot tested. Individuals are not required to complete daily health tracking at this time unless otherwise notified by their department or manager. Only individuals designated to return to campus from the following groups who have either volunteered or been notified by their college or unit that they have been selected for the pilot are required to submit daily health reporting. Pilot departments include:

  • Administration and Planning
  • Athletics
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Office of Distance Education and eLearning
  • Office of Research
  • The Blackwell


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

Faculty and staff FAQs

Ohio State employees can read the Faculty and Staff FAQs for more information.

Accountability measures

Accountability measures will be 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. They are available here.

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.