Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.
Close contacts are someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.
A strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.
Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.
Notification of COVID Exposure or Positive Test
Students who are taking online classes only and who have not been on campus do not need to report if they have tested positive for COVID or had close contact with someone testing positive.
Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID tests or close contacts (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined above.
Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.
In-person classes with a positive case
If a single positive COVID case is reported in an in-person class, that class may continue. If you have been consistent in wearing your mask, have observed 3-foot physical distancing, and are symptom-free, you should be able to continue attending. We encourage students to gauge their own level of risk and talk with their instructors directly regarding questions about attending.