Contact Tracing

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Close Contacts have responsibilities.

Contact Tracing

Clinical and non-clinical University contact tracers work with faculty, staff, and students who test positive to identify close contacts. In all instances, contact tracers will respect and adhere to best practices for patient confidentiality. Even if you're vaccinated, you have responsibilities if you're identified as a close contact.


Quarantine is designed to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff who do not have any symptoms and are identified by a member of the contact tracing team as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case do not need to quarantine but will be required to wear masks indoors and take a COVID test on day 4 after exposure.

Exempt, unvaccinated individuals who are identified by a member of the contact tracing team as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case will be required to quarantine in one of the University’s quarantine spaces or in their off-campus residences until they test negative on both day 4 and day 7 after exposure.


Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. 

Vaccinated and unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will either be moved to one of the University’s isolation spaces or asked to isolate in their off-campus residences for a minimum of 10 days.

On-campus Students

When necessary, the contact tracing team will arrange housing for on-campus students at one of the isolation facilities the University has prepared.

The University’s isolation facilities include bedroom furniture, bed linens, bath towels, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Each unit is also equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, as well as a bathroom with a shower. While televisions are not included, strong WiFi is available. Campus Dining will deliver meals. Laundry is either available in the unit along with laundry detergent or a bundle service is available through St. Michael’s Laundry.

Students living on campus who have been scheduled for a symptomatic test are encouraged to pack and bring a kit which includes toiletries, a thermometer, clothing, course materials, your computer/tablet, mobile phone and accessories (chargers, network cables, earbuds, headphones, etc.).

Off-campus Students, Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff as well as off-campus students can utilize their homes for quarantine or isolation.

Contact tracers will maintain contact and provide instructions on additional steps as needed.