Contact Tracing, Isolation, and Quarantine

COVID-positive individuals will be isolated, and are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts and prevention measures.

For Everyone

You will be asked to quarantine while awaiting your test results or if you might have been exposed to a person positive for COVID-19. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from the Tompkins County Health Department. If you were in contact with a person with COVID-19, you will be asked to stay home for 14 days after your last contact with that person. 

Individuals who are COVID-positive will be required to isolate. People who are isolated must remain at home in isolation for a minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and until at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery. Recovery is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

Anyone with a COVID-19 positive test will be notified directly by the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD), and the campus medical director will also be notified. COVID-positive individuals are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts. Anyone TCHD identifies as a close contact of a COVID-positive case will also be notified by TCHD and must quarantine. TCHD will retain primary responsibility for contact tracing efforts and for setting the time frames for isolation and quarantine.

A close contact is typically defined as someone you were in contact with:

  1. for more than 10 minutes in duration; and 
  2. within six feet; and
  3. within the last 48 hours.

The Tompkins County Health Department will make the determination through contact tracing who qualifies as a close contact. If you are identified as a close contact, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days. 

Members of the Ithaca College campus community are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts. You may be asked questions related to:

  • Your demographics (e.g., age, sex, race)
  • Medical information
  • Potential exposure to COVID-19
  • Potential infectious period
  • Any COVID-19-related symptoms, including the date when they started and how long the symptoms lasted
  • Any contacts during the infectious period. Contacts may include household members, intimate partners, individuals providing care in a household, and individuals who have had close contact (less than six feet) for a prolonged period of time
  • Identifying and locating information for each contact

Your individually identifiable information will not be provided to people who are contacted, they will only be made aware that they have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive.

For Students

Isolation or quarantine may require temporary relocation to a residential hall area that is reserved for isolation or quarantine which offers an individual space with a private bathroom. It may also require that students temporarily relocate to a local hotel. Ithaca College will provide you with dining, sanitation, medical, mental health, and academic support services as needed. Students in isolation or quarantine must remain in the room provided and may not access campus or the broader Ithaca community. 

It may be possible for you to travel to complete isolation or quarantine in your primary home if you do not have to access public or mass transportation for travel.

Isolation or quarantine will occur in your own housing. Students in isolation or quarantine must remain at home, preferably in their own room, and may not access campus or the broader Ithaca community. 

It may be possible for you to travel to complete isolation or quarantine in your primary home if you do not have to access public or mass transportation for travel.

For Employees

Isolation and quarantine will occur in your own housing, and you will be contacted on a regular basis by Tompkins County Health Department personnel. Employees are also encouraged to access the COVID-19 Employee Resources available on the Human Resources webpage.

Employees in isolation or quarantine may not access campus or the broader Ithaca community.