Updated Aug. 11, 2021

What is a contact tracing event?

A contact tracing "event" is the contact tracing done after an individual has a positive test, or when a group of individuals are connected to each other by a single event or person. The CDC has identified that contact tracing helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

If you are part of a contact tracing event on campus, what should you expect?

If you are the individual who tested positive

A representative from the Student Health Center will ask you to make a list of all of the people you’ve been in contact with who qualify as a close contact per CDC guidelines, over the last 48 hours. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of you for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with or without face coverings.

They will ask for:

  • Names and phone numbers of people you’ve interacted with on campus
  • Situations where you were around a group of people but may not know everyone and the timeframe you were around them

Examples of close contacts could include roommates, teammates, classmates, a professor, an  advisor you met with in person, friends who gathered together (even if outdoors), co-workers, or anyone you spent time with in a car or other enclosed space.

Once your close contacts have been identified, a representative from the Student Health Center will review immunity records to determine their status, and they will be notified on how to proceed.

When you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate for 10 days

  • Isolate in a designated isolation space or at home for 10 days after your positive test. If you prefer to quarantine at home, you need to let the Student Health Center know
  • Contact your professor about the possibility of continuing your class while you are in isolation
  • Notify your coach, work study supervisor, off campus employer, or anyone else that needs to know you will be in isolation for 10 days
  • Have meals delivered to your room from Bon Appetit while you isolate on campus. You can check the daily menu and place your order by emailing meals@cornellcollege.edu
  • Stay in touch with the Student Health Center (x4292) if you have concerns about your physical health, and please take advantage of our counseling center resources if you’re feeling afraid or anxious

What if my symptoms are bad and I need a doctor or hospitalization?

If your symptoms worsen while in isolation, we have provided a list of resources for UnityPoint Clinic and area hospitals on the refrigerator door in each isolation suite. If you don't have transportation of your own, or are unable to drive, call the Mount Vernon Lisbon Ambulance Service for transportation to any of the 4 area hospitals.

If you are a non-immune close contact of someone who has tested positive

You will receive a phone call from a representative from the Student Health Center to talk you through next steps. As a close contact you will be expected to:

  • Set up a testing time as directed by the Student Health Center, preferably 3 days after contact or sooner if you develop symptoms
  • Quarantine in your residence hall room or at home for 14 days after exposure, or 10 days with a negative test on day 10. If you prefer to quarantine at home, you need to let the Student Health Center know. You will need to monitor for symptoms and if they develop, you will be tested prior to day 10
  • If you have a roommate, and your roommate was not exposed at the same time you were, your roommate is not considered a close contact and may leave the room unless you eventually test positive. At that point, your roommate would then become a close contact and would go through the contract tracing process
  • Notify your professor about the possibility of continuing your class
  • Notify your coach, work study supervisor, off campus employer, or anyone else that needs to know you will be in quarantine for 10-14 days
  • Have meals delivered to your room from Bon Appetit while you quarantine. You can check the daily menu and place your order by emailing meals@cornellcollege.edu
  • Stay in touch with the Student Health Center (x4292) if you have concerns about your physical health, and please take advantage of our counseling center resources if you’re feeling afraid or anxious

If you are an immune close contact of someone who has tested positive

  • You will receive a phone call from a representative from the Student Health Center to talk you through the next steps
  • You will be tested within 3 days of contact
  • You will not need to quarantine unless you become symptomatic. If you become symptomatic, please contact the health center