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Contact Tracing

Updated November 24, 2020

In accordance with public health guidelines and patient privacy rules, broadly distributed positive case notifications include the Caltech affiliation of an ill individual (faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholar, students) and the date they last accessed campus.

The contact-tracing process identifies close contacts (those who spend 15 minutes or more within six feet, either continuously or through multiple exposures) and evaluates each situation to determine whether additional notifications to potentially impacted individuals are indicated. The Caltech COVID-19 Reporting App, tracing interviews, and building card swipe data are used to facilitate this process. Individuals who are determined to be close contacts will receive a phone call from the contact tracing team, be offered COVID-19 testing, and provided instructions for quarantine.

More specific information related to the rooms a COVID-19 positive person accessed is provided to the division leadership, operation officers, principal investigators, and custodial services for the purpose of facilitating cleaning and disinfection, and managing business operations.