Q: What is considered exposure?
A: Exposure to COVID-19, means you had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Close contact includes:
- Living with a person who has COVID-19
- Providing care for a person who has COVID-19
- Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19-positive person for a total of 15 minutes or more over the course of a 24-hour period; it is also considered as an exposure whether one or both parties were wearing a mask; and it is still considered as an exposure whether the infected person was symptomatic or asymptomatic of COVID-19, as long as they later test positive for COVID-19; or
- Having exposure to respiratory secretions from a person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass or utensils, kissing)
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.