Protocol for Positive Case(s) on Campus & Contact Tracing

Protocol for Positive Case(s) on Campus & Contact Tracing


The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources (HR) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, will lead in the identification and tracking of any positive COVID cases on Teachers College campus. Upon receiving acknowledgment of a positive case from an employee or student who has returned to campus, the EHS Director will notify the New York City Department of Health contact tracing Department.

Identification of a Positive Case

An individual may report a positive COVID case in the following ways: 

  • By answering “yes” to having a positive case of COVID-19 through the Daily Health Screening questionnaire.
  • Through receipt of mandatory test results prior to the reopening of campus.
  • By directly reporting that they are positive for COVID-19 to the Office of Human Resources or the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.

Notification to NYS Department of Health

Upon confirmation of a positive case on campus, the EHS team will send an email to coviddemployerreport@nychhc.org and provide the following information:

  • Business name
  • Address
  • Number of Employees in organization
  • Name and Contact at Teachers College

Containment & Monitoring

Employees

Any employee who tested positive on campus will not be permitted to return to campus unless they are cleared by their doctor and have completed at least 14 days of quarantine. The Office of Human Resources will notify EHS once the employee is cleared to return to work. The date that they return to work will be notated on the HR/EHS COVID-19 tracking log.

In accordance with the CDC guidelines and NYC Department of Health, the EHS team will lead in making the decision to quarantine affected individuals. The EHS team will notify Human Resources of any decisions so that they can contact affected employees accordingly.

Employees who have come in close contact with someone who is positive on campus will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days and limit their contact with others. That person will not be allowed to come back on campus until he/she confirmed that they have been symptom-free for 14 days.

After the 14th day, the employee in question should contact Human Resources to provide clearance by their doctor, advising that they are symptom free. Upon receipt of such notification, Human Resources will contact the EHS team advising them that the individual in question is cleared to return to campus. The date that they return to campus will be noted on the EHS COVID-19 tracking log.

If a quarantined employee becomes sick while in quarantine, Human Resources is to track this incident as an OSHA recordable incident and report it on the OSHA incident log accordingly. The same process for a campus positive case will be followed accordingly.

Students

Any student who tested positive on campus will not be permitted to return to campus unless they are cleared by their doctor and has completed at least 14 days of quarantine. Upon receipt of such notification, the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs will notify EHS once the student is cleared to return to campus. The date they return will be notated on the Student Affairs /EHS COVID-19 tracking log.

In accordance with the CDC guidelines and NYC Department of Health, the EHS team will lead in making the decision to quarantine affected individuals. The EHS team will notify the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs of any decisions so that they can contact affected students accordingly.

Students who have come in close contact with someone who is positive on campus will be asked to stay home for 14 days and limit their contact with others. That person will not be allowed to come back on campus until he/she confirmed that they have been symptom free for fourteen days.

After the fourteenth day, the student in question should contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs to provide clearance by their doctor, advising that they are symptom free.

Upon receipt of such notification, the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs will contact the EHS team advising them that the individual in question is cleared to return to campus. The date that they return to campus will be noted on the Student Affairs /EHS COVID 19 tracking log.

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