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What to Do if You Test Positive for COVID-19?

Have you tested positive for COVID-19? If yes, please follow the procedures detailed below. Your identity will be kept confidential to the greatest extent possible.

Campus Return Plan Positive Case

Additional Information

Isolating on Campus

Should you become ill or receive confirmation of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and are unable to immediately leave campus, TCAT 31 has been designated as the COVID-19 isolation area for TCAT students and employees. Room C56 in the CAT building has been designated as the COVID-19 isolation area for all non-TCAT students and employees.

Positive COVID-19 Test Result

Any employee or student who tests positive for COVID-19 should be notified by the Health Department.  A few exceptions exist regarding notifications if a private agency is used for testing. The Health Department will be Chattanooga State’s first point of contact in questionable situations.

**Health Department Contact information

  • Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department: (423) 209-8383
  • Marion County Health Department: (423) 942-2238
  • Rhea County Health Department: (423) 775-7819

*The 10-day self-isolation period begins from the day you first became symptomatic (if documented by a medical professional or through the campus health screening process), or if asymptomatic, from the date tested (if positive test results).

You may not return to campus until the conclusion of the 10-day isolation period and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

Internal Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Cases

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Primary Points of Contact (PPC) Responsibilities

Students

Employees

Visitors Guests

EWD Students / Instructors

Sandy Rutter, Dean of Students; Backup: TBD Brian Evans, Executive Director of Human Resources; Backup: TBD Nancy Patterson, VP of College Advancement and PR Cynthia Brooks, EWD Lead Program Manager; Backup: Patrick O’Hagan, EWD Program Manager

Notify the individual’s instructor and Dean. Efforts should be made to offer virtual or online learning opportunities while student is in isolation, as well as modify classroom instruction if necessary. Work with the instructor/Dean to help notify potential close contacts as soon as possible.

Notify the individual’s supervisor who will determine if an alternate work schedule can be accommodated, or if not, make efforts to ensure the individuals job is covered during their absence. Work with the supervisor to help notify close contacts as soon as possible.

Notify any individuals with whom the visitor met.

​Notify the individual’s instructor for students or supervisor for contractors. Efforts should be made to offer virtual /online learning for students, or an alternate work schedule/job covered for contractor while individual is in isolation. Work with the instructor for students or supervisor for employees to help notify potential close contacts as soon as possible.

Isolation vs Quarantine – What’s the Difference

TN Department of Health - Releasing Cases & Contacts from Isolation & Quarantine

Isolation – for COVID-19 Positive Cases

  • Isolation means staying home and staying away from people.
     
  • Isolation is used to keep an individual who has been infected with SARS-CoV-2 away from people who are not infected in order to slow the spread of the disease. Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have symptoms of COVID-19 are to self-isolate for a period of 10 days from the onset of their symptoms or, if they never developed symptoms, from the date their positive test was collected. Additionally, the individual must be free of fever (without fever reducing medications) and must have improvement of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 24 hours before leaving isolation.
     
  • Isolated individuals should not leave home except to seek emergency medical attention.
    • If an individual in isolation must leave home, they should wear a cloth face covering or mask, remain at least six feet from others and, if seeking medical care, notify the facility prior to their arrival that they are currently in isolation for COVID-19.
    • Students and employees who are in isolation are not to be present on Chattanooga State property or instructional sites until the 10-day period of isolation has elapsed.
       
  • Isolation is not optional and may be formally ordered by the Department of Health if instructions are not followed.
     
  • You can reduce your chances of having to self-isolate by wearing a face covering as directed and maintaining six feet of physical distance from others. Reducing your chances of being a close contact is just one of the benefits of wearing face coverings as directed. Wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance protects you, protects others, and helps keep campus open.

Quarantine – for Close Contacts

  • Quarantine means staying home and staying away from people.
     
  • Quarantine is used to keep close contacts (within six feet of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 for ten or more minutes) of infected individuals away from people who have not been exposed in order to slow the spread of the disease. Individuals who have been exposed may become infectious at any time within 14 days of their last exposure to an individual with COVID-19.
     
  • Quarantined individuals should not leave home except to seek emergency medical attention.
    • If an individual in quarantine must leave home, they should wear a cloth face covering or mask, remain at least six feet from others and, if seeking medical care, notify the facility prior to their arrival that they are currently in quarantine for COVID-19.
       
  • Quarantine is not optional and may be formally ordered by the Department of Health if instructions are not followed.