COVID-19 Exposure Scenarios and Guidance for Students and Employees

Revised September 21, 2020

The following guidance is for University of Oregon students, employees (faculty, OAs, classified staff, student employees), and other affiliated individuals who are accessing university property. It has been created using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority guidelines, in collaboration with Lane County Public Health.

For scenarios 1-5, be sure to take the following steps:

  • Students: You may participate in UO classes remotely if you are able, until you are cleared to return to classroom learning.
  • Employees: Notify your immediate supervisor as soon as possible.
  • Supervisors: Notify the Corona Corps Care Team as soon as you are informed of a case or contact. See contact information in bullet below.

If you have questions, call the Corona Corps Care Team at 541-346-2292 or email coronacorps@uoregon.edu with questions about this guidance or what to do if someone is exhibiting symptoms.

COVID-19 Exposure Scenarios and Guidance

Scenario What Should I Do? When can I return to work on campus?
  1. I have tested positive or am a presumptive positive case for COVID-19.

Stay home; do not come to campus

A local public health department will calculate the dates of your isolation, usually 10 days.

Return to campus will be determined by a local public health department.

  1. I have been notified by a local public health department that I am a close contact of a positive case.

Stay home; do not come to campus

A local public health department will calculate the dates of your quarantine, usually 14 days.

Return to campus will be determined by a local public health department.

  1. I have been in contact with a positive case (within 6 feet distance for 15 minutes or longer) but have not been contacted by a local public health department.

Stay home; do not come to campus

If you are a close contact, whether or not you have been notified by a local public health department, UO requires you to quarantine at home for 14 days after exposure to a case. We recommend that you reach out to the health department to confirm if you are a close contact or not.

This depends on whether the public health department considers you to be a close contact. If so, see No. 2. If not, based on guidance from local, state and federal health authorities, the university may direct individuals to quarantine. The university will defer to a local public health department and allow an individual to return to work if they determine an employee is not a close contact requiring quarantine.

  1. I do not have any symptoms but someone in my household has tested positive for COVID-19.

Stay home; do not come to campus

You would be considered a household contact by a local public health department.

Return to campus should be determined by a local public health department.

  1. I do not have any symptoms but someone I recently spent time with (at work, home, etc.) is now exhibiting symptoms of, or is being tested for, COVID-19.

Before coming to campus you should call your local public health department or your health care provider for guidance on whether or not you are considered a close contact.

Return to campus should be determined by a local public health department, in consultation with your health care provider.

  1. Someone I have been around was recently in contact with another person who is now exhibiting symptoms. The person I spent time with is not exhibiting symptoms and neither am I.

You may come to campus.

You should engage in physical distancing, carefully monitor your health, and notify your health care provider if you develop any symptoms.

Employees are reminded to follow the symptom self-check procedures.

Questions about this guidance or about what to if you or someone you know may be exhibiting symptoms when on campus should be directed to the Corona Corps Care Team at 541-346-2292 or email coronacorps@uoregon.edu.

Please note the following:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms that are concerning to you, please consult your health care provider. If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 911.
  2. The university is committed to rapidly collecting close contact information from students and employees, which may help reduce transmission of COVID-19 among members of the university community.
  3. Supervisors must inform the Corona Corps Care Team at coronacorps@uoregon.edu of a COVID-related employee situation (e.g., positive case, close contact, etc.) as soon as they are informed.
  4. If an employee is asked to isolate or quarantine at home and if the university previously authorized the employee to work remotely, and they are healthy enough to do so, then the employee may work from home during that time. The university also might authorize a work-from-home scenario if none is currently in place and is appropriate for the work being performed.
  5. Individuals who have been determined to be a close contact to someone with COVID-19 cannot use a negative COVID test to return to work before the 14-day quarantine is complete.
  6. This document and UO’s associated guidance and direction to employees implements Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and local public health department guidance.
  7. Definitions and clarifications:
    1. A “confirmed case” is defined by meeting confirmatory laboratory evidence for COVID-19.1
    2. A “presumptive case” is a person without a positive diagnostic test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and close contact with a laboratory confirmed case.2
    3. A “close contact” is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.3
    4. The term “isolation” refers to separating an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 from others who are not infected. Its purpose is to slow the spread of the disease.4
    5. The term “quarantine” refers to separating an individual who may be exposed to a positive case from others who have not been exposed. Its purpose is to slow the spread of the disease by separating and restricting the movement of individuals who were exposed to minimize the exposure of others and to monitor if they become sick.5
    6. The term “local public health department” refers to the health department of the employees’ county of residence.

1 CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/contact-tracing.html, Accessed August 23, 2020

2 HHS: https://www.hhs.gov/answers/public-health-and-safety/what-is-the-difference-between-isolation-and-quarantine/index.html, Accessed August 23, 2020

3 CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/contact-tracing.html, Accessed August 23, 2020

4 HHS: https://www.hhs.gov/answers/public-health-and-safety/what-is-the-difference-between-isolation-and-quarantine/index.html, Accessed August 23, 2020

5 Ibid.