Protocol for Positive COVID-19 Cases – FAQs For Students

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I have tested positive for COVID-19. What happens next? 

If your test was taken/confirmed through Chapman’s Health Center, the Contact Tracing Team will be notified on your behalf and reach out to you for an interview within 24-48 hours. As of September 6, 2021, the internal tracing team will be supported by Rapid-Trace. After your interview with a contact tracer, you will be sent an email that confirms your isolation/quarantine timeline. You will need to use this email for faculty and employers who may need proof of your positive test. The contact tracers will not contact them directly. We recommend you isolate in place and not attend class. Please notify your professors and employers that you have been directed to isolate. If your professor wants confirmation of this, they can contact the Dean of Students Office. 

If the test was taken/confirmed at another testing location, you should reach out to the Contact Tracing Team at contacttracingteam@chapman.edu. After your interview with a contact tracer, you will be sent an email that confirms your isolation/quarantine timeline. It is your responsibility to share this email with your professors and employers. The contact tracers will not contact them directly.  

Per CDC guidelines, an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of vaccination status, can return to class after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND.
  • 24 hours with no fever AND.
  • Symptoms improved AND.
  • Have received clearance from contact tracing staff.

I answered “yes” to the daily screening because I was exposed/symptomatic – what do I do? 

The contact tracer will be in touch within 24-48 hours to provide specific guidance; in the meantime, we recommend you isolate in place and not attend class. Please notify your professors that you have been directed to isolate until we can provide an additional assessment; if your professor wants confirmation of this, they can contact the Dean of Students Office.

The following FAQ’s differ depending on whether you are considered a “close contact” or a “low exposure.”

  • A close contact is when an individual has been within six feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for at least 15 minutes cumulative throughout a single day.  
  • A low-exposure means that a person with COVID-19 was present in a building or classroom that you were also in.  

My roommate tested positive – what do I do?

Consider first whether you are a “close contact” or a “low exposure.” 

“Low Exposure”:  

If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic and it has been at least two weeks since the second vaccine dose was administered and no symptoms are present, you are not required to quarantine. You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and have a follow-up test completed 3-5 days after exposure.  

If you are not vaccinated or are experiencing symptoms, you should isolate until you speak with a contact tracer or Residence Life staff member. In the meantime, you should contact your professors to let them know that we have advised you not to attend class until we can confirm your status. 

“Close Contact”:  

Chapman’s Contact Tracing Team will be in touch with you within 24-48 hours about possible quarantine or isolation status. Based on their interview with your roommate, they will help determine if you are a “low exposure” or “close contact,” and  will provide you specific guidance regarding whether you need to quarantine, be tested, etc. While you wait for information from the contact tracing team, you can reach out to Residence Life staff on duty to discuss your current options for housing. You should isolate until you speak with a contact tracer or Residence Life staff member. In the meantime, you should contact your professors to let them know that we have advised you not to attend class until we can confirm your status. 

I have tested positive but have not yet heard from the contact tracer – what should I do? 

We recommend you isolate in place and not attend class. Please notify your professors that you have been directed to isolate until we can provide an additional assessment; if your professor wants confirmation of this, they can contact the Dean of Students Office. If you live in Chapman housing, please also contact the Residence Life staff member on duty by calling Public Safety at 714-997-6763 for further instructions. 

I was exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and don’t think I should go to class.  

Consider whether this was a “close contact” or this was a “low exposure contact.” 

  • A close contact is when an individual has been within six feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for at least 15 minutes cumulative throughout a single day.  
  • A low-exposure means that a person with COVID-19 was present in a building or classroom that you were also in.  

If you were a close contact with someone who tested positive,  our contact tracer will be in touch with you within 24- 48 hours to provide further guidance. If you only had casual or incidental exposure, and you are vaccinated and asymptomatic, you should be free to go to class. If you are not vaccinated or feel symptomatic, please notify your professors that you have been advised to isolate until we can provide you further guidance; if your professor needs confirmation of this, please have them contact the Dean of Students Office.  

“Low Exposure”:  

If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic and it has been at least two weeks since the second vaccine dose was administered and no symptoms are present, you are not required to quarantine. You should monitor for symptoms for 14 days and have a follow-up test completed 3-5 days after exposure.  

If you are not vaccinated or are experiencing symptoms, you should isolate until you speak with a contact tracer or Residence Life staff member. In the meantime, you should contact your professors to let them know that we have advised you not to attend class until we can confirm your status 

“Close Contact”: 

Chapman’s Contact Tracing Team will be in touch with you about possible quarantine or isolation status within 24-48 hours. Based on their interview with the person who had the positive COVID test result and your own vaccination status, they will provide you specific guidance regarding whether you need to quarantine, be tested, etc. While you wait for information from the contact tracing team, you can reach out to Residence Life staff on duty to discuss your current options for housing. You should isolate until you speak with a contact tracer or Residence Life staff member. In the meantime, you should contact your professors to let them know that we have advised you not to attend class until we can confirm your status. 

 I have tested positive and live in Chapman housing – what do I do?  

Isolate and wait for instruction from the Contact Tracing Team. While you wait for information from the contact tracing team, reach out to Residence Life staff on duty to discuss your current options for housing. You should also contact your professors to let them know that we have advised you not to attend class until we can confirm your status. 

With all the reports of positive COVID-19 cases, I don’t feel comfortable going to class. Can I attend remotely?  

Now that we have returned to full in-person instruction, Zoom or other online class attendance is no longer possible. Unless you have tested positive, are symptomatic or been instructed otherwise by a contact tracer, we encourage you to attend class. 

I live off campus but I have/my roommate has tested positive – is there a place where we can isolate on campus? 

Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient isolation/quarantine spaces to accommodate off-campus students; we encourage the person who tested positive to isolate at home in a private room. 

My professor wants proof that I am not supposed to attend class – what do I do?  

If you have been directed by the contact tracer not to attend class due to isolation/quarantine, you can request a note from the contact tracer that you can provide to your professor. If your professor has questions about this process, they can contact the Dean of Students Office.

I’m vaccinated, had an exposure and am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do?

A vaccinated individual who had an exposure and is experiencing symptoms but has a negative test result is considered a “probable” case. You should quarantine for 10 days and until symptoms improve.

For additional information review Protocol for Positive COVID-19 Test Results.