Contact Tracing/Quarantine/Isolation

COVID-19 case follow-up is conducted to identify and understand cases, clusters, and outbreaks that require intervention, and to inform the need for further studies. Case follow-up will focus on cases with symptom onset or a positive test in the preceding 5 days and may complement other strategies such as broad-based notification of potential exposure, and support testing and vaccination.

Individuals who test positive, are experiencing symptoms or have been notified as a close contact are encouraged to follow proper protocols for isolation, quarantine and mask wearing. For more information on these protocols see the Contact Tracing Flow Charts below.

How contact tracing works

Symptomatic flow chart
A general overview of steps taken for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Positive Test flow chart
A general overview of steps taken for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Close Contact flow chart
A general overview of steps taken for individuals who are considered a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Any questions about contact tracing or appropriate actions based on contact with a positive case should be directed to the COVID Support Staff. When in doubt, report the situation with the online COVID report form.

Everyone must continue to perform a daily health assessment and report COVID cases to YSU COVID Support Staff.


What are quarantine and isolation?

  • Quarantine

    Quarantine: Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. 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 their state or local health department.

  • Isolation

    Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).


FAQs

  • What if I test positive for COVID?

    You should submit a COVID-19 reporting form if:

    • You have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
    • You have been around someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
    • You have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Or you have traveled internationally in the past 14 days.
  • How will I know if a student is absent due to Quarantine or Isolation?

    As soon as a student is informed of the need to Isolate or Quarantine, it is recommended that they communicate their absence with their faculty, campus employer, etc. If you require "formal" documentation, the student is advised to request this from the Office of the Dean of Students at dos@ysu.edu. Alternatively, students who are comfortable sharing (or have already shared) that they need to quarantine/isolate, may simply present the letter they receive from the Office of EOHS as their safe return date is listed; however, providing this letter should NEVER be required.

  • What should I do if I’m in Isolation?

    Stay home. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).