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COVID-19 Exposure Response Protocols

Exposure

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.

Diagnosis

According to the CDC, diagnosis of COVID-19 is based on a positive test.

Patient Information

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.