Because a student may not know who they were next to in class, how will a contact tracer know who in the class to inform?

Risk of exposure in classrooms is low given that more than 90 percent of on-campus students and employees are vaccinated and everyone is required to wear masks. Most people in our community are strongly protected from infection, even in spaces where there is no physical distancing.

Anyone considered a close contact of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 may hear from a campus contact tracer. Or, the person who tested positive may reach out to them directly.

However, students may not always know the identities of the people with whom they came into contact, including those they may have been seated next to in a classroom. This is why it’s important for everyone to monitor themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate themselves immediately and get tested if they develop symptoms.