Q: What is considered exposure?
A: Exposure to COVID-19, means you had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Close contact includes:
A person with COVID-19 is considered to be contagious starting from 2 days before they started experiencing symptoms (or 2 days before they tested positive if they never had symptoms) until they meet the criteria to discontinue isolation.
For more information on exposure, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/local-exposure/.
Q: What if someone in my class, office or building tests positive for COVID-19? Is that considered exposure? Will I be notified?
A: If you are known to have been exposed (see exposure definition above) to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by VCU contact tracers. VCU will make every effort to notify you if your class is relocated or your office is closed for cleaning due to a known COVID-19 positive individual having occupied a space. However, please understand that cleaning must often happen faster than notifications can be made.
Q: I was informed that my class was relocated (or my office was closed) for cleaning. Does that mean I should get tested or quarantine?
A: Not necessarily. Those who are known to have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine and contact Student Health Services or Employee Health Services for more direction about testing. You should continue to monitor your health and call the 1-804-MYCOVID call center if you begin to experience symptoms. If you are not contacted by contact tracers and have had no known exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual, you do not need to quarantine. You should, however, continue to follow health and safety protocols and monitor your health.