Contact Tracing is a well-defined cornerstone practice in the elimination of infectious disease. Contact tracing at DePauw involves notifying individuals who have been identified as close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive and is awaiting test results. A close contact as defined by the CDC is someone who spends 15 minutes or more within six feet of a person with COVID-19 over a period of 24 hours. The contact tracing team at DePauw is made up of staff and faculty who have received training and are acting on behalf of the local health department. University contact tracers will reach out to a person’s close contacts once the University is notified of a presumed or confirmed positive to inform them about quarantine and/or required testing procedures and will continue to connect with close contacts until they are cleared to resume regular behaviors.
It is required that all members of the DePauw community engage in and cooperate with contact tracing as requested by the Indiana State Department of Health, the Putnam County Department of Health and DePauw University.
We recommend that in preparation for potential illness or needed participation in contact tracing, that each individual in the DePauw community know their closest contacts as defined by the CDC.
These recommendations and requirements will be updated as new information about the virus develops and we monitor and evaluate data. (last updated 7.30.21)