Protocols for Positive Cases

Upon notification of a confirmed case of COVID-19, probable case, or physical, close or proximate contact with COVID-19, the College will focus its response on the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Contact tracing

  • Enhanced cleaning/disinfection

  • Isolation and quarantine


To ensure that the College can take the appropriate steps and provide the necessary support and resources to members of the campus community, the College expects that as soon as a member of the campus community becomes aware that they have a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, or that they have been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19, that they (or a designee) complete the College’s COVID-19 Reporting Form.

The information gathered will assist the College and public health officials with monitoring cases occurring among the campus community and taking necessary actions. Those actions include:

  • A campus contact tracer and case manager will notify DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.
  • The College will work to notify individuals or groups who were in physical, close or proximate contact with confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases and to provide those individuals with public health recommendations that may include isolation, quarantine and/or self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The College will notify the school, department, office, class and/or larger campus community of confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 as warranted from a public health and safety perspective.

Contact Tracing

If a member of the campus community reports a positive COVID-19 test, a North Central College contact tracer and case manager will, in collaboration with the DuPage County Health Department, work with the ill individual to identify and notify potential contacts.

Contacts will be informed to do the following:

  • Physical Contacts—anyone who had physical contact with the ill individual—will be instructed to get tested and to quarantine for 14 days;
  • Close Contacts—anyone who was within less than 6 feet of the ill individual for more than 15 minutes—will be instructed to get tested and to quarantine for 14 days;
  • Proximate Contacts—anyone who was more than 6 feet from the ill individual for approximately 1 hour or more, such as a classmate or co-worker—will be instructed to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Campus contact tracers and case managers will remain in touch with individuals who are in isolation or quarantine until they are cleared by a medical professional to return to campus.

Enhance Cleaning/Disinfection

As part of the College’s contact tracing process, the College will evaluate specific on-campus locations inhabited by an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for additional cleaning and disinfection in accordance with CDC guidance. Access to such locations will be closed until cleaning and disinfection has been completed and safety guidelines have been met, after which time the space will reopen for use. Closure timelines may vary on a case by case basis. Routine cleaning will resume upon re-opening of the campus location with added attention to frequently touched surfaces.

Isolation and Quarantine

If in consultation with the Dyson Wellness Center and DuPage County Health Department a member of the campus community is instructed to isolate or quarantine due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, symptoms or exposure, they will be asked to do so at home for the designated timeframe. If a resident student cannot or should not return home to isolate or quarantine, the College has designated Kimmel Hall—which offers private bedrooms, bathrooms and access to a kitchen/kitchenette—for this purpose. Resident students who isolate or quarantine at home will be refunded room and board fees for the time they are away from campus.

Resident students in isolation or quarantine on campus will receive necessary supplies, a list campus resources, local emergency numbers, local medical resources and campus contact numbers in case of an emergency. Residence Life staff will facilitate food delivery, pick-up and delivery of mail, and other services as necessary.

An assigned campus contact tracer and case manager will follow up with members of the campus community throughout their isolation or quarantine period. Campus community members cannot return to campus until cleared by their contact tracer and case manager.

2 person residence room