Contact tracing identifies and supports people (contacts) who may have been infected through exposure to a positive patient. This process prevents further transmission of disease by separating those who have (or may have) an infectious disease from those who don’t.
If a member of the Bradley family tests positive for COVID-19, their close contacts will be notified and given information on next steps. The university won’t share the infected person’s name or identity, as per HIPAA guidelines.
Health Services will initiate contact tracing for students and the student will follow isolation protocols. Those students who are identified as close contacts to a positive case will follow quarantine protocols.
Employees who test positive
The local health department will contact employees who test positive for COVID-19 to initiate tracing and provide instructions. Bradley will provide contact information, personnel and other resources as requested by the health department.
If you were identified as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset (for asymptomatic patients: two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated, you’ll be notified by Health Services. Action will be needed.
Students may be instructed to schedule a COVID-19 test through Health Services, in which case their insurance will be billed for this test. Or they may be instructed to begin immediate self-quarantine without a test.
Close contacts will be required to quarantine. Individuals who meet the criteria for close contacts may only be released from quarantine if they have no symptoms for a 14-day period. This quarantine is required even after receiving a negative test result.
The CDC released options to reduce quarantine time, however local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. At this time we continue to follow the original protocol.
If you have a connection with someone who tested positive and you’re NOT considered a close contact, you should monitor your health. Action in this case is NOT needed unless you begin to develop symptoms. Risk of transmission is considered low.
No communication received. Secondary contacts or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 are generally not at risk of infection.