Testing After a Close Contact

If you're notified by the Campus COVID-19 Support Team (CCST) that someone with COVID-19 identified you as a close contact and…

 

 

You are fully vaccinated:

  • CCST will email you with detailed instructions
  • You do not need to begin exposure quarantine and many continue to attend classes and in-person events; no hold will be placed on your GWorld account; and if you're a residential student you will remain in your room/unit/suite
  • Complete a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after you were exposed

 

You have a vaccination exemption:

  • CCST will contact you with detailed instructions
  • You must begin exposure quarantine, and indicate the exposure on your daily symptom screening survey
  • If you're a residential student, you will remain in your room/unit/suite
  • Schedule and complete a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • CCST will place a hold on your GWorld account to restrict your access to campus
  • If your first test is negative, complete a second COVID-19 test 3-5 days after you were exposed

 


 

 If your test result is positive, and...

 

You are fully vaccinated:

  • You will be placed in isolation for at least 10 days and your access to campus will be restricted
  • CCST will call you to conduct contact tracing, i.e., identify where you have been and who you have been near in the days leading up to your positive test result; CCST can connect you with resources and information to support you during isolation
  • Only the Colonial Health Center (CHC), for students, or Occupational Health, for faculty and staff, can release you from isolation

 

You have a vaccination exemption:  

  • You will be placed in isolation for at least 10 days and your access to campus will be restricted
  • CCST will call you to conduct contact tracing, i.e., identify where you have been and who you have been near in the days leading up to your positive test result; CCST can connect you with resources and information to support you during isolation
  • Only the Colonial Health Center (CHC), for students, or Occupational Health, for faculty and staff, can release you from isolation

And, if you're a residential student:

The isolation process is the same no matter your vaccination status.

  • All residential students in isolation will be assigned a staff member from the Division of Student Affairs to assist with their needs. Initial contact will be by mobile phone.
  • If living on-campus in a bedroom with no roommate, and the student has access to a bathroom that can temporarily be made private, the student will remain in their room and use the private bathroom. Examples in which this situation may occur includes a District House affinity unit, or in South Hall where there are multiple bedrooms and bathrooms in suites/units.
  • If living on-campus with roommates/suitemates with no access to a private bedroom and bathroom, the student will be moved to another room on campus where they will remain until being cleared by the Colonial Health Center and/or Campus COVID-19 Support Team (CCST). Students in isolation may not leave their residential unit unless there is a building emergency, or they are directed to leave by medical personnel to seek testing or medical care. 
  • If roommates test positive at the same time, they will isolate together.
     

 


 

 If your test result is negative, and...

 

 

You are fully vaccinated:

  • Continue to self-monitor for up to 14 days after you were exposed to COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms, contact CHC (students) or Occupational Health (faculty and staff)

 

You have a vaccination exemption:

  • CCST will release you from exposure quarantine 10 days after you were exposed and remove the hold from your GWorld account 
  • You may resume attending in-person classes and events
  • Continue to self-monitor for up to 14 days after you were exposed to COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms, contact CHC (students) or Occupational Health (faculty and staff)

 


What is "Close Contact"? 

Close contact is defined as (1) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of an individual with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, regardless of wearing a mask (e.g., being in the same office or classroom as a positive and symptomatic or asymptomatic individual) or (2) having direct contact with the infectious secretions from an individual with COVID-19, regardless of wearing a mask (e.g., being coughed on). Note: The definition of “close contact” does not include all other individuals on the same floor or in the same building as a positive individual, unless they also meet criteria (1) or (2).

 

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