As people across the region are diagnosed with COVID-19, it is likely that cases will impact the Ameritech community. In the event someone comes on campus or is within close-proximity of students, faculty, or staff at a college-sponsored activity, we want to let you know how we will approach notifications.
If we learn that a student or employee has tested positive or the person tells us their doctor believes it is likely they have the virus, our first priority will be, when dictated by the available information, to notify the members of our community who have been in close contact with the person. Whenever possible, we’ll begin by gathering information on close contacts from the person with the reported infection.
Our aim is to quickly reach out to those identified by local health authority guidance as having the greatest likelihood of exposure. Focusing notifications on close contacts within 14 days and providing information that can be acted on to help slow the spread of the virus.
We will not disclose personal information about individuals who have tested positive. We ask that our community please respect people’s privacy — even if you believe you know who a notification pertains to. As a community, we must do everything we can to support and respect each other.
What does it mean if I receive a notification?
If you do receive a notification of possible exposure, please be aware that it does not mean you have the virus, but it does mean we will outline important public health guidelines that are intended to keep you and the campus community safe.
What if I have to self-isolate/quarantine?
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, we will direct you to your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider determines it is appropriate for you to self-isolate/quarantine, you can use the following link to access our Emergency Absence Request Form
*What is direct exposure?
Direct exposure occurs when an individual who has not received the COVID-19 vaccination is within six feet of an infected person for a prolonged period (15+ minutes) while not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Close contact also includes instances where there was direct contact with infectious secretions (like being coughed on), or if you touched a surface or object that may have been contaminated with the virus (shared door handles or tables for instance) without proper PPE. Close contact generally does not include brief interactions, such as walking past a person.