How is contact tracing operating this fall? Will I know if I have been near someone who tested positive?

UW–Madison University Health Services (UHS) manages contact tracing for those individuals who test positive for COVID-19 at on-campus testing locations.

There are several ways you may learn you are a close contact, depending on where and when your contact took place. If you are a close contact on campus, you are likely to hear from a contact tracer via a phone call or an email from UHS noting that you have an important message waiting in your MyUHS account. To check your secure messages, log on to your account via the MyUHS app or web portal and navigate to “Messages” to see if you have a message related to this contact.

You may not always hear from a contact tracer so you should err on the side of caution. If someone tells you you’re a close contact, you should believe them and take the following action:

  • If you are unvaccinated, quarantine yourself immediately for at least 10 days and continue your required campus testing as scheduled; if you develop symptoms, you should get tested right away.
  • If you are vaccinated, monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested 3-5 days after you had contact with the person who tested positive. You should also get tested at any point if you develop symptoms and isolate until you receive your results.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days, you do not need to test or quarantine following a close contact. However, if you develop symptoms, you should isolate yourself and get tested.

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