Someone I’ve been in close contact with just told me they tested positive, but a contact tracer hasn’t contacted me via MyUHS yet – what should I do?

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 secure message on your MyUHS app or through the MyUHS web portal. 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.

A close contact is anyone who has been within 6 feet of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more beginning two days before their symptoms started or they received a positive test result. This is regardless of whether one or both of you were wearing a mask.

If you learn you are a close contact of someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, you should:

  • 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 should monitor for symptoms; you do not need to test or quarantine following a close contact. However, if you develop symptoms, you should isolate yourself and get tested.