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Close Contact Response Plan

This plan was developed in conjunction with the District's Medical Advisor, Dr. Jeffrey Beeson of the UNT Health Science Center.

Campus reopenings will require all employees and visitors to wear a face covering, monitor their symptoms and practice social distancing.

Any faculty, staff or students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must not report to campus.

Close Contact

The CDC indicates that people should self-quarantine if they have close contact with a person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 (not just positive for antigens) for:

  • 14-days if person was symptomatic
  • 10-days if the person was asymptomatic

Close contact is defined as interaction with someone with COVID-19 at a distance less than 6-feet (without barriers or face coverings) for more than 15 minutes. Beyond that, the risk is no greater than in the general public.

Reporting Close Contact

A. Reporting COVID-19 diagnoses for people who have been in TCC facilities

  1. Employee or supervisor completes the Exposure/Close Contact Form for themselves, their staff, or a student reporting a diagnosis.
    1. Triggers deep cleaning of classroom, office, common facilities in building etc.
    2. Human Resources/Emergency Management evaluate potential "close contacts" with other employees or students. Dean/supervisor directed to notify anyone determined to have close contact to quarantine per the schedule above.
  2. Any employee or student determined to have close contact is advised to seek testing at least 48 hours after the potential exposure. Find a potential testing site location. They are advised to self-quarantine as noted above and that they may not visit TCC facilities until the end of the recommended quarantine period.

B. Reporting off-campus close contact that requires self-quarantining

Students who must self-quarantine due to close contact with a COVID-19 patient should notify their instructor, who will complete an Exposure/Close Contact Form on their behalf.

  • Student should seek testing at least 48 hours after exposure and if they test positive, they should report the diagnosis as described in section A.
  • Student should self-quarantine for 10 or 14 days as described above.
  • Student should make arrangements with their instructor for course work completion.

Employees who must self-quarantine due to close contact with a COVID-19 patient should notify their supervisor, who will complete an Exposure/Close Contact Form on their behalf.

  • Employee should seek testing at least 48 hours after exposure and if they test positive, they should report the diagnosis as described in section A.
  • Employee should self-quarantine for 10 or 14 days as described above.
  • Employee should work with supervisor to determine if Emergency Leave or work from home is appropriate, depending if the employee is ill.

No further review of interaction with colleagues/students is necessary for these secondary exposures unless a diagnosis occurs.

Updated August 28, 2020