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The following directives for close contacts are based upon CDC guidance from August 2021. If you exhibit any symptoms, regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status, please avoid contact with others and seek medical care through DePauw Health Wellness Center.

The CDC defines a "close contact" as someone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). A person with the virus that causes COVID-19 can be infectious up to 2 days prior to their onset of symptoms (or 2 days prior to a positive test for an asymptomatic person).

UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

  • Unvaccinated students and employees who have been in close contact with a person identified as a lab-confirmed or clinically-diagnosed COVID-19 case will be required to quarantine themselves from others as directed by University officials, DePauw Health or local and state health officials. Students or employees who were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the preceding 3 months and do not have current COVID-19 symptoms may be exempt from this requirement.

Unvaccinated employees who are close contacts of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case will have a choice whether to test 5-8 days after their exposure to leave quarantine on day 10 or complete a full 14 days of quarantine. Through the contact tracing process, HR will direct the employee regarding the appropriate timecard notation for sick days. Employees who are notified by a state contact tracer of their close contact status should contact HR.

  • The following protocols will be implemented in order to utilize a 10-day quarantine; day 1 begins on the day following exposure to the positive individual:

    • An individual must be asymptomatic for an entire 10 day period; the individual is expected to record their symptoms daily.

    • An individual must have no virus detected in a COVID-19 test taken after notification of exposure and again 5-8 days after exposure to leave quarantine after 10 days. Individuals will be directed by their contact tracer on the type of test to be performed.

    • An individual must continue to mask and physically distance from others, and monitor their symptoms until the end of day 14.  

    • On days 11-14 individuals may attend classes or work as long as masking and physical distancing can be maintained at all times, and may not attend other activities that will not allow them to maintain masking and physical distancing from others (i.e. most athletics participation, some work environments).

  • Employees will be directed to identify their testing location as soon as they are placed into quarantine if they choose to utilize the 10-day quarantine option.  Tests must be completed as soon as possible after being notified of close contact status and again between days 5 and 8 of the quarantine.

  • Employees who opt not to be tested will be required to complete the full 14 day quarantine before returning to on campus work

Unvaccinated students will be required to test as close contacts of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case as soon as possible after being notified of close contact status and again 5-8 days after their exposure.  

  • The following protocols will be implemented in order to utilize a 10-day quarantine; day 1 begins on the day following exposure to the positive individual:

    • An individual must be asymptomatic for an entire 10 day period; the individual is expected to record their symptoms daily.

    • An individual must have no virus detected in a COVID-19 test taken after notification of exposure and again 5-8 days after exposure to leave quarantine after 10 days. Individuals will be directed by their contact tracer on the type of test to be performed.

    • An individual must continue to mask and physically distance from others, and monitor their symptoms until the end of day 14.  

    • On days 11-14 individuals may attend classes or work as long as masking and physical distancing can be maintained at all times, and may not attend other activities that will not allow them to maintain masking and physical distancing from others (i.e. most athletics participation, some work environments).

  • Students may opt to complete a full 14 day quarantine however they will still be required to test as a close contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case.

    • Students in quarantine may leave their living unit to pick up food (grab and go only) at a location to be determined, and to exercise outside, while wearing a mask and physically distanced from others.  

    • Students placed in quarantine housing will be asked to meet certain health requirements before returning to their regular living unit, and attending classes and other campus activities.

VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

(this section currently also applies to unvaccinated individuals who were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous three months)

  • If you are informed by an outside entity that you are a close contact of a person who has COVID-19, you are required to contact: 

If you are informed by either the University or an outside entity that you are a close contact of a person who had COVID-19 and you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine if you are vaccinated. However, if you are informed that you are a close contact of a person who has COVID-19, you will be required to:

  1. Monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days 

  2. Be tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after your exposure

  3. Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 full days following your exposure or until you receive your negative test result. Students should wear their mask in class even if the faculty has indicated that vaccinated individuals can unmask for pedagogical reasons.

  4. Follow directives given to you by your contact tracer.  

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, you should immediately self-isolate, contact your medical provider and notify your DePauw University contact tracer.

These recommendations and requirements will be updated as new information about the virus develops and we monitor and evaluate data. (last updated 8.23.21)