Protocols for Positive Cases

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

  • Communication
  • Contact tracing

  • Enhanced cleaning/disinfection

  • Isolation and quarantine

Communication

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 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 or close 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 based on an individual’s vaccination status per CDC guidance.

Contact Tracing

If a member of the campus community reports a positive COVID-19 test, close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, a contact tracer will work with the individual to identify and notify close contacts.

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.

Isolation and Quarantine

As part of the College’s Positive Case Protocol, individuals may be required to quarantine or isolate due to a positive case of COVID-19, exposure to a positive case, or if they are exhibiting COVID-19-related symptoms.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • All members of the campus community, regardless of their vaccination status, who test positive for COVID-19; who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19; or who are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms (with or without known exposure) should promptly notify the College by filling out the College’s COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • To calculate your isolation or quarantine period, Day 0 is the first day you started experiencing symptoms or the day your specimen was collected for your positive test (whichever came first). Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.
  • If you do not meet the criteria outlined below to end isolation or quarantine after 5 full days, you should remain in isolation or quarantine and consult a doctor before ending isolation or quarantine.
  • If at any time your symptoms worsen to the point where you feel as though you may be severely ill, seek medical help or call 9-1-1.
If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status:
  • Isolate for 5 full days.
  • End isolation on Day 6 if you are not experiencing symptoms, or if your symptoms are improving and you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Take additional precautions until Day 10 by wearing a well-fitting mask whenever you are around others.
If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19:

If you are unvaccinated or you have not received your booster shot if eligible:

  • Quarantine for 5 full days.
  • End quarantine on Day 6 if you are not experiencing symptoms.
  • Take additional precautions until Day 10 by self-monitoring for symptoms and wearing a well-fitting mask whenever you are around others.
  • If you develop symptoms, see the section below.

If you are vaccinated and have received your booster shot if eligible:

  • Quarantine not required unless you develop symptoms.
  • Take additional precautions until Day 10 by self-monitoring for symptoms and wearing a well-fitting mask whenever you are around others.
  • If you develop symptoms, see the section below.

Note: While the College does not require a negative test to end quarantine, the CDC recommends that, regardless of your vaccination status, you should get tested for COVID-19 five days after exposure, if possible.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status:
  • Isolate for 5 full days.
  • End isolation on Day 6 if your symptoms are improving and you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Take additional precautions until Day 10 by self-monitoring for symptoms and wearing a well-fitting mask whenever you are around others.
If you are a student-athlete:
  • Follow specific isolation or quarantine instructions provided by the College’s athletics administration.