Exposure Mitigation Guidance

All individuals with confirmed COVID-19 should isolate for the duration provided to them by Stanislaus or San Joaquin County Public Health (usually 14 days, and at least 3 days after all symptoms have resolved). 

If the patient resides in campus housing, they will be isolated in a space with limited shared bathroom facilities (ideally private bathroom) during the isolation and recovery period to avoid exposing others. Food and supplies will be delivered. Preventive and care measures will be implemented per Public Health department’s guidelines. 

If the patient has not been on campus for a period of 2 days before and including the day on which symptoms developed, they may continue their care with their medical provider. No campus action is indicated. Stanislaus or San Joaquin County Public Health may request support in exposure investigation. 

If the infection source is work-related, the employee may be referred to their occupational health facility for evaluation and testing. If the source is not work-related, the employee/student should contact their medical provider or a referral site/testing center as appropriate. 

If an individual does not volunteer their diagnosis, medical status, or contacts, they will be advised to notify their own contacts to self-quarantine for 14 days and follow up with their medical providers for medical care. 

The ability to test close contacts by public health may be compromised due to related supply chain availability. The University will not require an individual to be tested for COVID-19 exposure. In general, Stanislaus or San Joaquin County Public Health may advise the following:

If the PCR test is negative, the contact should continue the 14-day quarantine. 

If the PCR test is positive, the individual becomes a secondary case and needs to isolate for at least 10 days after the test was done, even if asymptomatic. If symptomatic, the isolation should be at least 10 days and at least 24 hours after the resolution of any COVID symptoms.

The secondary case’s close contacts now should be identified if possible and advised to quarantine for 14 days after the last contact with the secondary case and to be tested. 

Positive test results will be reported to Stanislaus or San Joaquin County Public Health and CalRedie per regulations outlined by Human Health Services. Tests and diagnoses off-campus should be reported to Stanislaus or San Joaquin County Public Health by the ordering physician. However, if 2 or more positive cases from different households are identified on campus, the COVID Response Coordinator will report an outbreak to Stanislaus or San Joaquin County Public Health.