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. 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

  1. ACU’s Medical Clinic provides the student with instructions to isolate and about medical care.
  2. A Johns Hopkins University-certified contact tracer interviews the student to assess if there are other people who may have been exposed. 
  3. ACU’s Student Opportunities, Advocacy and Resources (SOAR) program assigns a care coordinator to the student to assist them during isolation. SOAR will also notify the student’s professors.
  4. Students with mild or no symptoms will attend class online during isolation.
  5. The student completes a daily check in with the Medical Clinic.
  6. The Medical Clinic clears the student to leave isolation at the appropriate time, based on CDC guidelines.
  7. SOAR notifies faculty when the student can return to class.

What happens if a student is exposed to COVID-19?

  1. Exposure is determined through contact tracing, CDC guidance and ACU’s Medical Clinic. 
  2. The student is notified of exposure and instructed to quarantine.
  3. ACU’s SOAR program assigns a care coordinator to the student to assist them during quarantine. SOAR will also notify the student’s professors.The student attends class online during quarantine.
  4. The student completes a daily check in with the Medical Clinic.
  5. The Medical Clinic clears the student to leave quarantine at the appropriate time, based on CDC guidelines.
  6. SOAR notifies faculty when the student can return to class.

What happens if a faculty member tests positive for COVID-19? 

  1. ACU’s Medical Clinic provides faculty with instructions to isolate and about medical care.
  2. A Johns Hopkins University-certified contact tracer interviews the faculty to assess if there are other people who may have been exposed.
  3. A Human Resources staff member acts as a care coordinator to the faculty to assist them during isolation. 
  4. Faculty with mild or no symptoms will teach classes online during isolation.
  5. The faculty member completes a daily check in with the Medical Clinic.
  6. The Medical Clinic clears them to leave isolation at the appropriate time, based on CDC guidelines.

What happens if a faculty member is exposed to COVID-19?

  1. Exposure is determined through contact tracing, CDC guidance and ACU’s Medical Clinic. 
  2. The faculty member is notified of exposure and instructed to quarantine.
  3. A Human Resources staff member acts as a care coordinator to the faculty to assist them during quarantine. 
  4. Faculty will teach classes online during quarantine.
  5. The faculty member completes a daily check in with the Medical Clinic.
  6. The Medical Clinic clears them to leave quarantine at the appropriate time, based on CDC guidelines.

What happens if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

  1. ACU’s Medical Clinic provides staff with instructions to isolate and about medical care.
  2. A Johns Hopkins University-certified contact tracer interviews the staff to assess if there are other people who may have been exposed.
  3. A Human Resources staff member acts as a care coordinator to the staff to assist them during isolation. 
  4. Staff with mild or no symptoms may work from home if their job allows for remote work. 
  5. The staff member completes a daily check in with the Medical Clinic.
  6. The Medical Clinic clears them to leave isolation at the appropriate time, based on CDC guidelines.

What happens if a staff member is exposed to COVID-19?

  1. Exposure is determined through contact tracing, CDC guidance and ACU’s Medical Clinic. 
  2. The staff member is notified of exposure and instructed to quarantine.
  3. A Human Resources staff member acts as a care coordinator to assist them during quarantine. 
  4. Staff with mild or no symptoms may work from home if their job allows for remote work. 
  5. The staff member completes a daily check in with the Medical Clinic.
  6. The Medical Clinic clears them to leave quarantine at the appropriate time, based on CDC guidelines.

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