Protocol for Positive Cases & Exposure Notifications

Diagram describing the steps students and employees should take if they test positive for COVID-19 or receive and exposure notification.
Diagram describing the steps students and employees should take if they test positive for COVID-19 or receive an exposure notification.

Assumptions/definitions 

  • A case is a student or employee who has tested positive. 
  • A suspect case is a student or employee who was exposed to a case and is symptomatic but has not yet received test results.
  • A contact / exposure is a student or employee who has had physical contact (of any duration), close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes without face coverings), or proximate contact (more than 6 feet but in the same room with contact for more than an hour without face coverings) with a case or suspect case.
  • A case infection period begins two days prior to symptom onset and extends 10 days after onset or three days after the resolution of all symptoms (whichever is longer).
  • The Campbell University Epidemiology Team will operate weekdays (Monday through Friday) in the afternoon. The team will function out of small group rooms in Smith Hall.  The team will consist of University Public Health students who are completing hours for their practicum requirements and will be working under the supervision of a Public Health faculty member.  It will operate in collaboration with the Harnett County Health Department to perform an assessment, contact tracing, and monitoring ONLY for students attending the University’s main campus.

Scenarios for Exposure within the Campus Community

  1. Within 24 hours, the case is assessed using standard assessment form and contacts are identified (starting 48 hours prior to symptom onset).  Contacts include physical contact, close contact, and proximate contact. 
  2. The individual is instructed to isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or a positive COVID-19 antigen test, whichever is earlier. Isolation should require the student to remain in his/her private room, off-campus housing or in one of the dedicated isolation rooms on campus. Isolation should only be discontinued after 10 days and 24 hours without fever (without the use of antipyretics) and improving symptoms.
    Individuals with a positive COVID-19 test, whose symptoms have not fully resolved, should receive approval for return to class from their health care provider or the Health Center. Special needs or accommodations can be identified to assist with the activities of daily living and maintaining studies. Requests will be communicated to the appropriate party at Student Life.    
  3. The University will follow contact tracing and notification protocols as directed by local and state health authorities. 
  4. Students in isolation will receive monitoring calls daily (Monday through Friday) from the Campbell University Epidemiology Team. 
  5. Assessment paperwork will be sent to Harnett County Health Department via secure fax. 

Note: Students who test positive for COVID-19 at a location other than the University Health Center should inform the University by completing the COVID-19 Self Report form.

  1. In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within on-campus housing Kellie Nothstine, Dean of Campus Life, will work with guidance from contact tracing, local and state officials on directions to move students into housing isolation spaces or quarantine in their assigned space. Kellie Nothstine will coordinate with Residence Life & Housing to move any students, facilities to disinfect spaces, and Dining Services for meal delivery.  
  2. Kellie Nothstine, Dean of Campus Life will assemble a Campus Care Team to care for students in quarantine and isolation for COVID-19. This team will meet regularly to review housing for students in quarantine or isolation, meal delivery, remote counseling services, remote spiritual life services, virtual classroom accommodations, facilities care including disinfecting spaces, and security.
  1. When an employee receives a positive test confirmation of COVID-19, he/she must inform his/her supervisor.
  2. Within 24 hours, the case is assessed using standard assessment form and contacts are identified (starting 48 hours prior to symptom onset).  Contacts include physical contact, close contact, and proximate contact.
  3. Employee instructed to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or a positive COVID-19 antigen test whichever is earlier. Self-isolation should require the employee to remain at home and continue for at least 10 days until 24 hours have passed without fever (without the use of antipyretics) and improving symptoms. Individuals with a positive COVID-19 test, whose symptoms have not fully resolved, should receive approval for return to work from their health care provider or the Health Center.
  4. Supervisors must instruct employees who test positive for COVID-19 and are unable to work remotely for three more days due to illness to contact Human Resources to obtain Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) paperwork, as this would qualify under FMLA leave. Please contact Amanda Guerin, HR Specialist, at 910-814-4974 or aguerin@campbell.edu. Guerin, who handles FMLA administration, will forward the employee the required paperwork.

SlowCOVIDNC

Campbell University is also partnering with the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS) to promote the use of SlowCOVIDNC, the free and official COVID-19 exposure notifications app.  This statewide public health tool is in addition to contact tracing within the campus community.