UTC has a COVID-19 contact tracing program in collaboration with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department following CDC guidelines. UTC has assisted with community contact tracing in Hamilton County since March, when the pandemic emerged.
The general process of contact tracing involves interviewing a positive case to assess health status and to help identify household contacts and close contacts. Other types of information may also be used to identify contacts.
Positive cases are required to isolate themselves for at least 10 days. If a positive case is symptomatic, isolation may be longer than 10 days. In general, household contacts are those who live with the positive case, while close contacts are those who have been within six feet of the positive case for more than 10 minutes or have had direct exposure to respiratory secretions.
Household contacts and close contacts are quarantined for 14 days from the last contact date with the positive case. Household contacts who have ongoing contact with a case will require longer quarantine. UTC coordinates isolation or quarantine housing for students who live in on-campus residences; employees and students who live off campus must isolate or quarantine at home.
The Campus Contact Tracing Team monitors positive cases and their household and close contacts through the end of isolation and quarantine. Monitoring is important for reinforcing isolation and quarantine guidelines while checking on the health status of the case and contacts.
All students and employees are responsible for monitoring their health daily. UTC students and employees are asked to promptly respond to communications from the Campus Contact Tracing Team to help protect the entire community. The University will protect the identity and privacy of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 in accordance with applicable privacy laws and regulations.