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. 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 submit your test results using this form. 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.  

How long do I need to isolate for?

In alignment with the California Department of Public Health’s Jan. 19, 2022, isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public, members of the Chapman campus community who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate for at least 5 days.

  • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and the individual tests negative for COVID-19 on day 5 or later.
  • If unable to test and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
  • If fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves.
  • If symptoms other than fever are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

Individuals who are unvaccinated who were exposed to COVID-19 should observe the following recommendations from the California Department of Public Health:

  • Quarantine for at least 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Test on day 5.
  • Quarantine can end after day 5 and the individual tests negative for COVID-19 and does not have any symptoms.
  • If unable to test and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home pending results.

Individuals who are vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not received a booster, who were exposed to COVID-19 should heed the following recommendations from the California Department of Public Health:

  • Test on day 5.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.

If symptoms develop, test and stay home pending results.

Individuals who are vaccinated and have received a booster, or who are vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible who were exposed to COVID-19 should heed the following recommendations from the California Department of Public Health:

  • Test on day 5.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations above.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home pending results.

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”:

Regardless of your vaccination status, so long as you do not have symptoms present, you are not required to quarantine. You should monitor for symptoms for 10 days and have a follow-up test completed 5 days after exposure.

“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. If you are unvaccinated or vaccinated and booster eligible, you should quarantine 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, monitor for symptoms, if they develop, test and isolate pending results. If you only had casual or incidental exposure, you should be free to go to class. If you  feel symptomatic, please notify your professors that you have been advised to quarantine 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”:

Regardless of your vaccination status, so long as you do not have symptoms present, you are not required to quarantine. You should monitor for symptoms for 10 days and have a follow-up test completed 5 days after exposure.

If you 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 quarantine 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.