Keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.
Keeping someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away
from others, even in their own home.
Close Contacts/Contact Exposures
Close contacts are defined as any 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 (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen
collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
Members of the ETSU community identified as close contacts will be notified by a member
of ETSU's Contact Tracing Team, which is working in conjunction and under the direction
of the TN Regional Health Department.
If you are contacted by someone from ETSU or the Health Department, please follow
instructions provided by contact tracers.
If you have received a COVID-19 positive test result, you must isolate for a minimum
of 10 days after onset of symptoms. If you are a contact exposure, you are required
to quarantine for 14 days from the date of last contact with the positive case.
Reasons to Report
Reporting suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 is important so that the university
can help persons with care and support services and so that cleaning and other measures
can be implemented in order to protect the campus community.
Individuals who are not currently learning and/or working on campus are encouraged
to report* confirmed cases of COVID-19 to:
*Individuals who receive a COVID-19 test from the University Health Center are not
required to report.
Individuals who report a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case will provide information
for the COVID-19 Self-Report Questionnaire. This information will be stored securely
with access restricted. Names of faculty, staff and students and their medical information
will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
Instructions for returning differ for individuals with a confirmed COVID-19 illness who
are experiencing symptoms versus individuals with a confirmed COVID-19 illness who
are not experiencing symptoms (asymptomatic).