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Exposure & Positive Tests

POSITIVE TESTS

ANY STUDENT in an on-campus class who tests positive for COVID-19 must immediately inform Dale Brown, HCC's contact tracing officer, at covid19report@hcc.edu, and quarantine at home for at least ten days after the positive test. It is recommended that students contact their primary care provider with COVID questions or concerns. Students are required to submit their test results to confirm the test date. Please refer to this guidance from the CDC for more detailed information.

FACULTY in an on-campus class who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately inform Dale Brown, HCC's contact tracing officer, at covid19report@hcc.edu, and quarantine at home for at least ten days after the positive test. It is recommended that faculty contact their primary care provider with COVID questions or concerns. (Please refer to this guidance from the CDC for more detailed information) If the instructor is too ill to teach, a substitute will be assigned. 

STAFF who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately inform Dale Brown, HCC's contact tracing officer, at covid19report@hcc.edu, and quarantine at home for at least ten days after the positive test. It is recommended that staff contact their primary care provider with COVID questions or concerns. Please refer to this guidance from the CDC for more detailed information.

Does the individual have to take a test to show they are negative before returning? 
No negative test is required. CDC guidance states, "Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results."

EXPOSURE

If a student or instructor in a class tests positive, all students as well as the instructor will be contacted as part of the COVID-19 contact tracing protocol. 

  • If you are vaccinated you may return to class while continuing to wear a mask. If you develop symptoms you must quarantine and get tested 3-5 days after the exposure.
  • If you are not vaccinated you must quarantine for 14 day from the date of exposure, and follow the CDC guidance if you develop symptoms. Quarantine time can be shortened by taking a test 5-7 days after the exposure, and receiving a negative result. 

If an individual is exposed to COVID-19 outside of class, the following steps should be taken: 

  • If they are unvaccinated, they must quarantine for 14 days, and should watch for symptoms of COVID-19.  
  • If they are fully vaccinated they may continue to attend classes and should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don't have symptoms. They should wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

If you are a student in the CHE building: Students in close proximity (less than 3') will be notified to follow the exposure directions.