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Isolation Following a COVID-19 Diagnosis

Students and employees will need to isolate for a full 10 days after a COVID-19 diagnosis

Stay current on testing.
ALWAYS check Health-e-Messaging for your test results.

How Isolation Works

Isolation is required when a student or employee receives a positive COVID-19 test result through UC Davis testing or reports their positive test/diagnosis from an outside test/physician

  • Employee or Student with COVID-19 will receive a Health-e-Message that:
    • Directs them to isolate for a full 10 days
    • Provides advice for notifying supervisor/instructor(s) that they cannot come to campus, as well as return-to-work requirements. 
    • Directs them to complete a survey identifying any on-campus locations used before testing positive  
    • Directs them to notify any close contacts and preserve their confidentiality
    • Advises they are exempt from campus testing requirements for 90 days, and do not schedule a COVID-19 test through Health-e-Messaging 
       

Close contacts and scenarios

A "close contact" is someone who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19, for at least 15 minutes cumulative over a 24-hour period, within the past ten days.

These are the most common COVID-19 scenarios and explain when/how people get notified and required to isolate/quarantine, while others can continue accessing campus.

Hi I'm Sam and I've got COVID-19. My Daily Symptom Survey badge color is RED


 

  •  Scenario 1: No close contacts

  •  
    sam

    Sam (purple) was in Olson Hall but never spent 15 minutes near anyone.
     
    Sam must report their COVID-19 diagnosis to UC Davis and thankfully there are no other Close Contacts that Sam should notify.

    1. Sam will receive an email from Health E-Messaging with instructions that include, isolating for 5-10 days, notifying their supervisor and remaining off campus (unless Sam lives on campus or is seeking medical treatment).
    2. 
    UC Davis issues a Worksite Exposure Report notice that Olson Hall was exposed to COVID-19, which goes out to everyone who completed the Daily Symptom Survey that day. 

     

  •  Scenario 2: Multiple close contacts

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    sam
     
    Sam (purple) was in a conference room in Tupper Hall in Close Contact with two people.

    Sam should notify their close contacts.

     

    Green is a Close Contact, is boosted and has no symptoms.

    Green's Daily Symptom Survey badge color is green and they can access campus facilities.

    Green should follow Testing Recommendations for Close Contacts.

    Red is a Close Contact and is boosted, but has symptoms.

    Red's Daily Symptom Survey badge color is red and they cannot access campus facilities.

    Red should follow Instructions for Home Quarantine and Health Monitoring.

     

  •  Scenario 3: COVID, Close Contacts and Quarantine at Home

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    sam
     
    Sam (purple) has Close Contacts at home.

    Sam should notify their close contacts.

     

    Green lives with Sam, but is NOT a Close Contact

    Whether vaccinated or not, Green may continue accessing campus facilities and their Daily Symptom Survey badge color is green.

    Green should monitor their symptoms and stay current on testing.

    Blue lives with Sam, is boosted, and is a Close Contact

    As long as Blue remains asymptomatic, they can continue to access campus facilities and their Daily Symptom Survey badge color is green.

    Blue should follow Testing Recommendations for Close Contacts.

    Red lives with Sam, is unvaccinated, and is a Close Contact

    Red cannot access campus facilities and their Daily Symptom Survey badge color is Red. 

    Red should follow Instructions for Home Quarantine and Health Monitoring.

     


Special Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

 

For Students

  • With limited remote options, students will likely miss classes during the isolation/quarantine period. Students should contact their faculty 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. 

For Supervisors

  • When an employee tests positive for COVID-19 and reports their diagnosis to UC Davis, they will be provided guidance for notifying their supervisor that they cannot come to campus, as well as return-to-work requirements. Occupational Health does not notify supervisors if an employee reports their COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • Supervisors should not send any further communication regarding the work restriction to anyone else, but may communicate needed adjustments to workload and schedule, if the work restriction affects business process needs.

Sample Language for Notifying Supervisors and Close Contacts

  • Employee to Supervisor: Sample language about isolation
  • I have been notified through UC Davis Contact Tracing that I need to self-isolate for a full 10 days during which time I cannot access campus facilities.  

    I am following guidance for testing and self-isolation and I am notifying my close contacts.

    Before I return to using campus facilities, I will provide you with an approved Daily Symptom Survey result, and you may request a medical release from my healthcare provider.

    To protect my privacy, I was also advised to remind you about specific supervisor guidance regarding communicating this information with others. 

  • Person w/ COVID-19 to Close Contacts: Sample language about exposure and possible quarantine

  • You may have been exposed to COVID-19 and you should consider yourself a close contact. 

    I believe you’re a close contact because we were within 6 feet of each other, for at least 15 minutes cumulative over a 24-hour period, within the past ten days.

    You should follow guidance for close contacts and based on your vaccination status, you may need to test immediately and quarantine. 

    To protect your privacy, I will not share this information with anyone else, including your supervisor, professors, or others. To protect my privacy, please do not share this message or my name with others. 

    Please take care of yourself, and if you develop any symptoms or have health concerns, contact your medical provider. 


Reporting concerns and questions

Please email reportcovid@ucdavis.edu