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

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


If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and/or test positive, you MUST complete the Daily Health Screening, regardless of whether you are planning to come to campus.

Complete the Daily Health Screening

After receiving your completed screening, TC’s Environmental Health and Safety Team will follow up with you directly to further explain the steps outlined below.

Overview of TC’s Protocol and Procedure

The Teachers College Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Team has been trained by John Hopkins University and maintains compliance with New York City, New York State, and CDC requirements and guidelines. EHS leads the identification and isolation procedure for positive COVID-19 cases and conducts internal contact tracing. They work closely with the Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs to communicate procedures to employees and students, respectively.

The College is required to report all positive cases to NYC Health + Hospitals. 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

Steps You Need to Take: Positive Cases and Exposures

An individual should report COVID-19 symptoms, a positive PCR test result, and/or a known exposure by completing the Daily Health Screening.

Positive PCR test results may also be reported by uploading your result via the COVID-19 PCR Test Submission Form.

Positive Cases

If you receive a positive PCR test result (whether you have been vaccinated or not):

  • Immediately begin a mandatory 5 day isolation* period
  • If you are symptom-free (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for a minimum of 24 hours after 5 days of isolation, you may access campus.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days, and continue to wear a mask on campus at all times as currently required.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

*Isolation is defined as keeping someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 with or without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.

Exposures

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, and you have received a vaccine booster, OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 6 months or the Johnson and Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months, you must follow these guidelines in order to continue accessing campus:

  • Be symptom-free.
  • Complete a PCR test 5 days after exposure (or within 5-7 days if not possible at exactly 5 days after exposure) and upload a negative result.
  • Continue to wear a mask on campus at all times (it is also recommended that you wear a mask in all off campus settings for at least 10 days after exposure).
  • If you develop symptoms, get a PCR test and immediately begin isolation.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, and you have NOT received a vaccine booster, OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last 6 months or the Johnson and Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months, you must:

  • Begin a mandatory 5 day quarantine* and wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days, OR if you can’t quarantine, wear a mask around others for 10 days.

In order to access campus again you must:

  • Be symptom-free
  • Complete a PCR test 5 days after exposure (or within 5-7 days if not possible at exactly 5 days after exposure) and upload a negative result.
  • Continue to wear a mask on campus at all times as required (it is also recommended that you wear a mask in all off campus settings for at least 10 days after exposure).
  • If you develop symptoms, get a PCR test and immediately begin isolation.

*Quarantine is defined as keeping someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.

Generally, vaccinated individuals who are exposed to a positive case on campus do not need to quarantine and may continue to attend class and/or work in person. However, classmates and/or officemates of any individual who tests positive must wear face masks and receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test 5 days after exposure (or within 5-7 days if not possible at exactly 5 days after exposure).

Non-vaccinated individuals who are exposed to a positive case on campus will be required to quarantine for 5 days and may not return to class and/or work on campus until they receive and submit a negative COVID-19 PCR Test, completed 5 days after exposure (or within 5-7 days if not possible at exactly 5 days after exposure). In this situation, students should coordinate with their instructor and employees should coordinate with their supervisor for temporary remote learning and/or work.

Please note: All individuals are expected to comply with any COVID-19 policies and procedures that apply to them. Individuals who do not comply may be subject to disciplinary action, including being restricted from campus.

Restoring Campus Access

Any employee or student who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to return to campus unless they have complied with the guidelines outlined above and have been cleared by EHS. You will receive a ❌ “red X” on the Daily Health Screening during the time you are required to stay away from campus. Once you are permitted to access campus again, you will receive a ✅ “green check” on the screening.

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