Contact Tracing

What to Do if You’ve Been Exposed

New guidelines: Vaccination status is no longer a determining factor in how to response to an exposure to COVID-19. We recommend following CDC guidance for responding to an exposure, which include:

  • Symptom monitoring (and isolating if symptoms appear).
  • Wearing a mask around others for ten days following the date of the exposure.
  • Testing at least 5 full days after your last exposure, even if symptom free.

Gonzaga does not require a negative test to return to campus.

Testing resources are available at Health and Counseling Services for students, and at local pharmacies, medical providers, and elsewhere within the Spokane area for employees.

Contact Tracing

New guidelines: Students and employees who test positive are responsible for notifying individuals who they came in contact with during their infectious period (close contacts) that they have been exposed to COVID-19.

The definition of a close contact is anyone that you were within 6 feet of you longer than 15 minutes within a 24 hour period, with or without a mask. The infectious period is the time during which you are likely most contagious to others, and is defined as two days prior to the date of your first symptom, until the end of your isolation period. For example, if symptoms first appear on a Wednesday, you will contact trace beginning on Monday.

Positive students/employees are responsible for:

  • Determining their isolation period based on the day that their symptoms began (or from the date of their positive test if asymptomatic). 
  • Identifying their close campus contacts during this time period (both students and employees).
  • Notifying campus contacts that they have been exposed, and directing them to visit (this page) for further instructions.

Employees and student employees must notify their supervisor that they will be out of the office. Employees do not need to disclose COVID-19 positive status if their supervisor is not a close contact.

Positive individuals do not need to notify those they were near but who do not meet the definition of a close contact.