COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines

Positive COVID-19 Case

Students or employees who test positive for COVID-19 should take these immediate actions:
  • Report status via the CSM COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • This can be self-reported or by someone else, such as a supervisor, faculty member, friend, or co-worker. The CSM Contact Tracing Officer will be notified of all positive cases and work to minimize the spread and impact to our students and workforce.
  • This individual is restricted from all CSM spaces.
  • According to CDC guidelines, the individual must remain in isolation for at least 14 days from symptom onset and until free from fever for 24 hours.

Close Contact to a Positive COVID-19 Case

A Close Contact is defined by the CDC as an individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

A non-vaccinated CSM student or employee who is a Close Contact case should:

  • Report status via e-mail to faculty member(s) and/or CSM Supervisor.
  • Stay home for 14 days after last contact with a person with COVID-19, and watch for fever (100.4 degrees F), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms. Quarantine period may be shortened to 7 days total if a negative test result is received; test must occur on day 5 or later.
  • If Close Contact develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19:
    • Status should be reported via the CSM COVID-19 Reporting Form.
    • Individual must remain in isolation for at least 14 days from symptom onset and until free from fever for 24 hours.
A fully vaccinated CSM student or employee who is a Close Contact case should
  • Wear a mask for 14 days following exposure (or until test result is negative).
  • Be tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if asymptomatic.
    • if test result is negative, normal activities may be resumed.
    • If test result is positive for COVID-19, individual should isolate for 10 days and report using the CSM COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Not a Close Contact

No quarantine or further action is required. If you have been around someone who was identified as a Close Contact to a person with COVID-19, closely monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. You do not need to self-quarantine unless you develop symptoms or if the person identified as a close contact develops COVID-19, which then would upgrade your exposure to “Close Contact” and require you to follow the Close Contact protocols.
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