Protocol for Positive COVID-19 Cases

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All positive COVID-19 cases are immediately reported to the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). Chapman will make every effort to identify and isolate positive cases, contact trace, test, and quarantine all contacts.

1)      A Chapman RN, will perform internal contact tracing for campus community members who test positive for COVID-19. They have received a certificate of completion in contact tracing and is collaborating with OCHCA for contact tracing.

2)     If the individual lives in Chapman housing, they will self-isolate in their apartment. If they have a roommate, the roommate will be given the option to stay or move to a quarantine room. The Student Health Center will notify Residence Life, who will coordinate with the student to collect their belongings from their current room and get access to a private quarantine room until they are cleared to return to the permanent assignment.

3)      Student Health Center will offer telehealth check-ins with the individual to assess improvement or worsening of symptoms.

4)      Per CDC guidelines, an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 and HAD SYMPTOMS can return to class after:

  • 24 hours with no fever AND
  • Symptoms improved AND
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared
  • Depending on the Student Health Center’s provider’s advice and availability of testing, the student may get tested again to see if the student still has COVID-19. If the student will be tested, they can be around others if they have no fever, symptoms have improved, and have received two negative tests results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

5)      Per CDC guidelines, an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 but had NO SYMPTOMS can return to class or work after:

  • 10 days have passed since testing.
  • If the student develops symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above.