Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation

Contact Tracing

Ithaca College's Hammond Health Center will work closely with the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) to confirm cases and also identify individuals who may have had close contact with a confirmed case of monkeypox. Individuals who are deemed to be close contact will be closely monitored for 21 days to see if any symptoms develop. 


Individuals who are deemed to be close contacts may be asked to quarantine if they begin to develop any symptoms until appropriate testing can be administered. The college has designated special housing for close contacts and for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of monkeypox. Full wrap around care services will be provided to these individuals in quarantine. 


If a student is known to be positive for monkeypox, the student will be asked to return home if possible to complete their isolation period. Because the isolation period for monkeypox can sometimes last up to several weeks, Ithaca College will be unable to support students in isolation unless determined to be absolutely necessary.