Closed Contact Protocol – Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Updated: September 10, 2021, 3:00 p.m. CDT

If you have been exposed through close contact with COVID-19, you can download a flowchart as a guide or see below for more information.

Step 1

Determine if you are a close contact

The CDC defines close contact as within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, regardless of wearing a face that is covered with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19 or someone else. of your home. has been diagnosed or has received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Step 2

Take the COVID-19 test

It is recommended to try COVID-19 3-5 days after close contact.

The Texas A&M University system provides free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff. Visit https://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/testing-locations/index.html for information on campus test sites.

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients exposed to COVID-19 should be tested.

Student Health Services provides additional COVID-19 testing information for students and faculty.

Step 3

Fill out the COVID-19 own report form

Fill out the COVID-19 report form. Select “I” when asked who makes this report.

Step 4

Notify appropriate campus members

Students:

Fully vaccinated students should not be quarantined. Those who are not fully vaccinated need to do their own quarantine for 14 days.

Students exposed to close contact with someone who tests positive or presumably positive on COVID-19 should follow the university guidelines on quarantine. Students quarantined due to exposure should not attend face-to-face classes, but are expected to continue course work in collaboration with the registration instructor. Students should contact their instructors to discuss access to course content and submission / completion of qualified assignments. Students must report their close contact via the COVID-19 report form. To receive an excused absence, the student must comply with the documentation and notification guidelines described in Rule 7 of the student and obtain a note from his or her medical provider.

Campus residents who are exposed to close contact with someone who has tested positive should inform their residential staff. Residential staff are prepared to discuss available options and guide you through the next steps. Some residents may be able to isolate / quarantine themselves in their own room or apartment, depending on their unique location and where they live. Residents who are in a location beyond a five-hour drive from College Station may have the option to isolate / quarantine at an alternative campus location. Each case will be evaluated individually. Contact the Residence Living Department at 979-862-3158 or visit their website at https://reslife.tamu.edu for more information.

Employees, including students:

Fully vaccinated employees should not be quarantined. Those who are not fully vaccinated need to do their own quarantine for 14 days.

Employees should notify their supervisor if they believe they have been in close contact with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19. Close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, regardless of whether or not they wear a facial covering.

Step 5

Quarantine, if not vaccinated

They are quarantined by staying at home and monitoring their health in the following ways:

  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from other people, especially those most at risk for COVID-19 disease.
  • You can leave quarantine to seek medical attention and get tested as needed, but you should go directly to your appointment, minimize contact with other people, and return to quarantine.

For information on people who have recovered from a COVID-19 case in the last 3 months, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end -home-isolation .html.

Step 6

Auto-monitor, if completely vaccinated

Fully vaccinated individuals who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days after the date of exposure and wear a mask in public and indoor environments for 14 days or until they receive a result. negative test. They should isolate themselves if they test positive. Fully vaccinated people living in a home with someone immunosuppressed, at higher risk for serious illness or unvaccinated (including children under 12) may also consider masking at home for 14 days after a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result. Most people vaccinated without COVID-like symptoms do not need to be quarantined or restricted from work after exposure to someone with suspicion or confirmation of COVID-19, if they follow the above testing and masking recommendations.

Fully vaccinated individuals should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after exposure. Symptoms of COVID-19 include headache, congestion, fever, cough, or other symptoms. Request an appointment with your primary care provider if you would like to discuss more about your specific condition. Follow the care instructions of your healthcare provider and local health department. If you are sick or caring for someone who is ill, you can also use the COVID-19 Self-monitoring in the Texas Health Trace DSHS app to help you make decisions about finding the right medical care. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you show any of these signs: breathing problems, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake up or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

For information on people who have recovered from a COVID-19 case in the last 3 months, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end -home-isolation .html.

Step 7

Take the COVID-19 test

Unvaccinated asymptomatic individuals should be tested on the 8th or after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. If you start to experience symptoms, you can get tested before the 8th.

Fully vaccinated individuals should test 3-5 days after the date of their exposure (day 0).

The Texas A&M University system provides free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff. Visit https://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/testing-locations/index.html for information on campus test sites.

Student Health Services provides additional COVID-19 testing information for students and faculty.

Step 8

Determine when it is safe to come to campus

Unvaccinated individuals

  • The quarantine period is 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Note that the day of exposure is day 0.
  • Your quarantine may relax after day 10 if you have not experienced any symptoms, remain symptom-free and have received a negative COVID-19 test result after the test on the 8th or after exposure to a positive case of COVID-19. After day 10, you should continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a mask (recommended), physically distance yourself, wash your hands, and avoid congestion. After day 10, you should continue to monitor for symptoms and, if you have any symptoms, return to quarantine, consult your primary care provider, and take a COVID-19 test.

Completely vaccinated individuals

Most people who are completely vaccinated without COVID-like symptoms do not need to be quarantined or restricted from work after exposure to someone with suspicion or confirmation of COVID-19 if they follow the recommendations for testing and masking as described. in step 6.

Credit – https://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/close-contact/index.html