According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure is based on close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This does not include exposure to people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated. If exposed, quarantine could be required. Close contact means:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
The CDC recommends fully vaccinated persons who have been exposed should self-monitor, get tested within three to five days, and wear a mask for 14 days unless they test negative.
According to the CDC, diagnosis of COVID-19 is based on a positive test.
ACU’s Medical Clinic is required to protect patient confidentiality by law. Except for COVID-19 specific information sharing with the local health department, ACU will not share identifiable attributes about an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or any illness. Faculty and staff members will not confirm or share information about COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19 is a public health concern, and patient information is only shared to ensure its spread is reduced. Visit the ACU COVID-19 Dashboard for daily updates.