Denison has a trained team of staff who will serve as contact tracers this year. The function of contact tracers is to identify who a COVID-posiitve person has come in contact with in a given window. Thus, contract tracers would contact you in one of two scenarios:
One, you have tested positive for COVID and they’re asking you about who you’ve come in contact with to help them identify who they may need to contact. Questions they might ask include:
- Who are your roommates?
- Have you had any intimate partners in the last two weeks?
- Who have you had contact with (within 6 feet) for at least 15 minutes?
- Have you traveled off-campus at all in this time period?
- Have you attended any in-person student organization meetings?
- Have you worked or studied with any students in this time period?
Please note: In contacting other faculty, staff, and students, contact tracers would most likely not share your identity with the people they are contacting.
Two, someone you’ve come in contact with has tested positive for COVID. In this situation, contact tracers would be helping to coordinate your transition to designated campus quarantine housing. If you’re determined to be a “close contact” of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you might also need to be tested for COVID-19. If so, your contact tracer will book an appointment for you to go to the Wellness Center to be tested. Note: when contact tracers are communicating with you, they will most likely not identify who the person is you came in contact with.