What to do when you learn of a positive COVID case

Updated 04/01/2024

COVID Contact Tracing Form 2.pdf

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

For Everyone

​You should:

  1. Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, until you have not had a fever for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication AND other COVID-19 symptoms  are mild and improving.
    • If you do not have symptoms, you should follow the recommend ations below to reduce exposure to others.
  2. Mask when you are around other people indoors for the 10 days* after you become sick or test positive (if no symptoms). You may remove your mask sooner than 10 days if you have two sequential negative tests at least one day apart. Day 0 is symptom onset date or positive test date.
  3. Avoid contact with people at higher-risk for severe COVID-19 for 10 days*. Higher-risk individuals include the elderly, those who live in congregate care facilities, those who have immunocompromising conditions, and that put them at higher risk for serious illness.

*The potential infectious period is 2 days before the date of symptoms began or the positive test date (if no symptoms) through Day 10. (Day 0 is the symptom onset date or positive test date).

​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​.​​