In collaboration with local public health officials, UC Davis has established a contact tracing team to help prevent secondary spread of the coronavirus
On the Davis campus, positive test results for COVID-19 are reported to Yolo County Public Health and delivered securely to a case investigator at Student Health and Counseling Services for contact tracing and other follow-up measures.
How contact tracing works at UC Davis
A case investigator with UC Davis first reaches out to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 on campus to:
- alert them to their positive diagnosis
- provide direction and support for isolation
- provide consultation and appointments for ongoing medical care
- gather information about recent close contacts and social activities
As a next step, university contact tracers will then reach out to on-campus individuals identified as "close contacts" to provide guidance on quarantine, testing and care per public health guidance.
The confidentiality of individuals with positive results will be protected, and their name and COVID-19 status will not be shared with close contacts.
Students living both on-campus and off-campus will be offered housing designated for quarantine or isolation, if their primary residence does not allow for effective separation.
When it comes to off-campus activities and close contacts, the team will work closely with public health authorities for contact tracing beyond campus.
Campus contact tracers also notify Safety Services of any campus facilities used by a diagnosed individual, for cleaning protocol and potential worksite notification of other on-campus close contacts if needed.
Employees and students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 outside of campus testing are also required to report their diagnosis to UC Davis, in part so that the campus contact tracing team can follow up regarding potential close contacts and facility exposure risks within the Davis campus community. Employees and students are required to cooperate with the contact tracing process in a timely fashion.
You will be notified if…
If you are an employee or student at UC Davis, here are the times when you can expect to be alerted by our campus contact tracing team.
- Close contacts: You will be notified if you are identified as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19. You may be directed to quarantine.
- Supervisors: You will be notified if you supervise an employee who has been quarantined, including work restrictions and the need to collect a doctor’s note prior to returning to work.
- Do not send any further communication regarding the work restriction to anyone else.
- You may communicate needed adjustments to workload and schedule if the work restriction affects business process needs.
- Facility concerns: If you are responsible for a specific facility space, then you will be notified if there is a "facility exposure risk" that presents a current risk to campus.
- If it is determined that there is a facility exposure risk, then Safety Services will work with the facility manager to close the building area and install signs. Preview the building area closed sign
- The Facilities Response Matrix provides more details and a flow chart for understanding how decisions are made for on-campus response to facility exposure risk.
- Do not send a broad communication if the closure of an area can be achieved by posting the closure sign.
You will NOT be notified…
- When someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 who has spent time in the past in your area, floor or building
- When a coworker is placed in quarantine
Why wouldn’t you be notified? If you are not a close contact, a supervisor or otherwise potentially affected by facility exposure, then this information can infringe on the privacy of the infected individual, and there is nothing actionable about having that information.
Instead, please conduct yourself as if every building or area you go into, on-campus or off-campus, has recently been exposed to the coronavirus. This means doing your part when it comes to wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distance, keeping your hands clean, sanitizing surfaces and staying home if you feel sick.
Should you have additional information or concerns regarding a specific circumstance, please report that information by emailing ReportCOVID@ucdavis.edu.