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What to Do if You've Been in Close Contact with COVID-19?

Have you been in close contact* with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19? If yes, please follow the procedures detailed below. Your identity will be kept confidential to the greatest extent possible.

​*Per the Hamilton County Health Department, close contact is defined as being within six (6) feet of an individual for a 24-hour cumulative period of 15 minutes or longer, and regardless of whether masks were being worn. Close contact does not mean walking by or briefly being in the same room.

what to do if you're a covid close contact?

Additional Information

  1. Isolating on Campus: Should you become ill or receive confirmation of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and are unable to immediately leave campus, TCAT 31 has been designated as the COVID-19 isolation area for TCAT students and employees. Room C56 in the CAT building has been designated as the COVID-19 isolation area for all non-TCAT students and employees.

  2. You should monitor yourself closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek medical advice immediately should symptoms occur.
  3. Notify anyone with whom you have been in close contact since your potential exposure.

Quarantine Timing

What do I do if I am exposed to COVID-19, or am in close contact with someone with COVID-19?

According to the TN Dept of Health (www.tn.gov/health) and the CDC (www.cdc.gov):

If you become exposed to COVID-19, and you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations:

  1. You should properly wear a well-fitting face mask when you are around other people for 10 days following the initial exposure.
     
  2. You should monitor symptoms for at least 5 days following exposure.
     
  3. You should consider getting a COVID-19 test 5 days following exposure, even if you are asymptomatic.

If you become exposed to COVID-19, and you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, or have never been vaccinated against COVID-19:

  1. You should immediately quarantine at home for no fewer than 5 days followed immediately by properly wearing a well-fitting face mask when you are around other people for another 5 days following the initial exposure.
    a.   If a 5 day quarantine is not feasible, you should properly wear a well-fitting face mask when you are around other people for 10 days following the initial exposure.
     
  2. You should monitor symptoms for at least 5 days following exposure.
     
  3. You should consider getting a COVID-19 test 5 days following exposure even if you are asymptomatic

Health Department Role in Case Analysis & Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing

  • According to the Health Department, a “contact” is someone in the household or a close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) of an infected individual. Those exposed to the infected individual would not include everyone who had a class with the infected individual, but rather, someone who sat in the same vicinity, or shared space or surfaces.
     
  • When the Health Department is notified of a positive case, their contact tracers contact the individual or close family members to learn about recent outings, visits, trips, appointments, etc. The contact tracer creates a list of every individual with whom the person has come in contact. The contact tracer notifies each potential contact that they have been exposed to a positive case

Chattanooga State’s Role

Chattanooga State is not currently contact tracing.

Additional Information

  • The Health Department has a Health Officer who has the authority to issue a “Health Directive.” That person will have the responsibility to police the mandates and quarantines.  That is not the responsibility of Chattanooga State or the personnel of Chattanooga State.
     
  • The Chattanooga State liaison to the Health Department is Bev Fulbright from the Department of Epidemiology, Phone # is 423-209-8194. The phone # for the Health Department Hotline for questions is 423-209-8383.