How contact tracing works

If you are exposed to someone known to have COVID-19 or if you become ill, you are expected to help us trace your contacts with others who may now be at risk of becoming ill or infecting others. Persons who have been in close contact with an infected person may not show symptoms, but can still spread the coronavirus.

Contact tracing explained

Case Identified

Someone who tested positive; potentially was exposed; or reported COVID-like symptoms. CSU students, faculty and staff should report to the daily symptom checker.

Case Investigation

Case investigator gathers information about suspected or confirmed infection and works with person to recall everyone with whom they had close contact while potentially infectious.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracers reach out to those who may have been in contact with the ill person or positive individual and gather info about the nature of the contact and potential exposure.

Contact Support

All contacts receive education, info, and support. If they meet close contact criteria, they also receive info about physical distancing, self-monitoring, and their potential to spread the virus to others even if they are asymptomatic.

Have you been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for the virus?

Answer your phone when a contact tracer calls. You must comply with CSU contact tracing and public health directions.

What is close contact?

The Centers for Disease Control Define “close contact” as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated.

Printable graphic description of close contact