The goal of contact tracing is to identify those specific individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 through a series of interviews. Contact tracing will determine and be communicated as such:
• Close contact - If you were identified as someone 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 two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated, you will receive a phone call and/or text message from Bradley’s Health Services. Action will be needed.
Contact - If you have some connection with a person who has tested positive and you are not considered a close contact, you will receive an email message from the university with information indicating you are a contact. It is recommended you monitor yourself for any symptoms, but action in this case is NOT needed unless you begin to develop symptoms. Risk of transmission is considered low.
No contact/no communication received - Secondary contacts or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 are generally not at risk of infection. Unless the health department or Bradley University identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, casual contacts or secondary contacts are not identified.
Confidentiality and privacy of all students, faculty and staff will be maintained during any efforts to identify potential close contacts.
If you are defined as a close contact:
Students will be instructed to schedule a time with Health Services to take a COVID-19 test. The student’s insurance will be billed for this test.
Close contacts will be asked 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.
It is recommended you monitor yourself for any symptoms, but action in this case is NOT needed unless you begin to develop symptoms. You do not need to self-quarantine.
When to Self-Quarantine
You must self-quarantine if you exhibit COVID symptoms or are a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, everyone known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms.
This page is intended to provide information about the novel coronavirus, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.
This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.