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Frequently asked questions about contact tracing

 

What is close contact? 

Close contact means:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period — starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

More information is available from the CDC. 

How will UD identify close contacts?

The contact tracing process will begin when the Student Health Center is notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case either by public health, a laboratory test or a student or employee's self-disclosure. The University’s team of trained contact tracers will interview those diagnosed with COVID-19 to identify their close contacts on campus. The tracers will then call those close contacts to give them details on the quarantine process, self-care, etc. Housing will contact students regarding a move to their quarantine location. Roommates or housemates of someone who has identified as testing positive would be considered a close contact and should follow the quarantine procedures. 

Why is the health department calling me when I've already talked to a contact tracer at UD?

Students may also receive legally required calls from Public Health Dayton-Montgomery County or the health department for your permanent residence. Students are required to speak with these tracers as well. 

What if I’m a close contact of a close contact?

The CDC currently has no recommendations about close contacts of people identified as close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19. For example, if your roommate was identified as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 on campus who you have not interacted with. According to the CDC, close contact is any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. However, any student without symptoms can be tested for COVID-19 in the RecPlex. Details are available online.