Yale University quarantine and monitoring guidelines for close contacts are based on the most up to date CDC guidance and, in accordance with, state and local health department protocols. Here is what you can expect if you are a member of the Yale community and you test positive for COVID-19.
Prior to outreach, you will be notified of your test result.
If you are tested by Yale, either at Yale Health or through a campus-based screening program (for staff, students or faculty), you will be notified of the test result and given appropriate clinical guidance. You will also receive an email containing a link to a form where you will enter your close contacts.
If you are tested outside of Yale, you should go here to report your positive test result or call the Campus COVID Resource Line (203-432-6604) to notify them of your test result. Through either of these mechanisms, YCOT will be notified, and a member of the team will call you for an outreach interview.
Next, the YCOT will call you for case investigation.
Our goal is to call you within 24 hours of your test result. During this interview, you may ask questions, and you will be referred to additional resources as needed.
- We will perform case investigation. This is a series of questions regarding possible source of infection. Questions include elicitation of key individuals, places, and events which assist the contact tracing team in identifying common sources of infection, clustering of cases, and contribute to the prevention of ongoing transmission. Please note, any information collected during the contact tracing interview will not be used to initiate disciplinary proceedings among students or staff/faculty.
- We will confirm your close contacts during the time you were infectious (2 days prior to symptom onset or 2 days prior to testing if you are asymptomatic).
- We will provide you with guidance for your close contacts as needed.
- You may also have community-based contacts, meaning contacts beyond the Yale campus. You may receive a call from your local health department for community-based contact tracing. If you receive such a call, please cooperate with the local health authorities by participating in the interview.