“Close Contact” vs “Low Exposure Notice” Definitions for Contact Tracing

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The following guidelines are used by our Contact Tracing teams to determine whether an individual has been in Close Contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about Contact Tracing.

Close Contact is defined as: 

  • Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person;
  • for a total of 15 minutes or more; 
  • over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).

If you meet the criteria above,  please answer “yes” on your daily health screening.  Instructions are given there for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Our contact tracing Team will follow up as necessary, primarily with those that are not vaccinated, for any instructions and guidance on quarantining. The initial contact will be made by phone whenever possible.

Please note that a person is still considered a Close Contact even if one or both people wore a mask when they were together.

If you believe you have been in Close Contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you have not been contacted by our Contact Tracing team or not participating in the Daily Health Screening if not accessing campus, please contact contactracingteam@chapman.edu

Potential Low Exposure Notice

A potential low exposure notice means that a case has been identified in a communal setting (i.e. classrooms, gyms and community areas). 

The CUSB dashboard lists every building on campus where a potential exposure occurred, and the date and time of that potential exposure. 

If you were present in one of these locations at the time indicated, you are not considered a Close Contact and you are not required to quarantine

The risk of developing COVID-19 from this exposure is low, however, you should monitor yourself for symptoms of infection for 14 days from this exposure. Signs and symptoms may include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, headaches, and body aches. If you start to experience any of these symptoms you should stay home and follow up with the Student Health Center for testing.

Potential Exposure Notice for Chapman Employees

In accordance with state law, employees of the university can access this AB685 notification letter and a list of locations on campus. The CUSB dashboard lists every building on campus where a potential exposure occurred, and the date and time of that potential exposure.  If you were present in one of these locations at the time indicated, you are not considered a Close Contact and you are not required to quarantine. 

 Staff required to be onsite will continue to be required to be onsite even after such a notification unless they experience COVID-like symptoms or have been identified as a Close Contact as defined above.  These signs and symptoms are listed above under “Potential Low Exposure Notice”.

If you have questions about this notice, please do not hesitate to contact Chapman University’s COVID-19 Internal Contact Tracing team at contacttracingteam@chapman.edu.