What to do when you learn of a positive COVID case

Updated 8/20/2023

COVID Contact Tracing Form 2.pdf

What to do if you learn of a POSITIVE COVID-19 test.

For Everyone

You should stay home from school/work:

  • For at least 5 days after start of symptoms (Day 0) or after date of positive test (Day 0) if no symptoms).
  • Isolation can end after Day 5 if:
    • Symptoms are not present, or are mild and improving; AND
    • You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until 24 hours after fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not improving, continue to isolate until symptoms are improving or until after Day 10.
  • infected persons should wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

​If the person is an employee:

Inform your supervisor.  The supervisor will tell the employee to stay home and send the employee a link to complete the Contact Tracing Form. https://rsccd.edu/Departments/Human-Resources/SiteAssets/Pages/Common-COVID-Scenarios/COVID%20Contact%20Tracing%20Form%202.pdf

  • The supervisor will notify Don Maus, Director, Risk Management about the positive test and provide him with a copy of the completed Contact Tracing Form.
  • Any other communications should not include the name of the individual with the positive test due to privacy reasons. You must keep the person's name confidential so you won't be able to ask coworkers if they had close contact with that person.  You will have to follow up with the person who tested positive to try to determine any close contacts.
  • Don will send an e-mail to any employees identified as a close contact.  These individuals will be able to come to work, but they will be encouraged to get tested and to self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days and to wear a mask around others during this time.
  • A case is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their symptoms first appeared until at least 10 days after symptoms start. A person with a positive COVID-19 test but no symptoms is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their test was taken until 10 days after their test.

 A general notice with dates and locations will be posted on this website​.

​For Students

Encourage the student to complete the Contact Tracing Form and send to Don Maus in Risk Managment.

With limited remote options, students will likely miss classes during the isolation period. Students should contact instructors to alert them of their situation and coordinate regarding coursework. If students experience academic challenges due to the impact of Quarantine or Isolation, they should contact their academic advisor. 

Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 should be advised to notify their close contacts directly. A close contact is defined as someone within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes cumulative over 24 hours.

A general notice with dates and locations will be posted on this website​.​​