I heard that someone tested positive in my lab/on my floor/in the building. What should I do?
A person’s health information is private. No one can share someone else’s positive status or provide any identifying information without their express consent. The person who tested positive should work with contact tracers (a UHS provided service) to notify everyone with whom they may have been in contact. This is currently defined by the CDC as being within 6ft of someone for 15 minutes within a 24 hr period.
Enabling CA COVID Notify can help facilitate this process. Only those that fit this category will be contacted, so keep in mind that you may not be aware when contact tracing is actively occurring. If you were exposed, self isolate and get tested – call the confidential Occupational Health Covid Hotline (510) 332-7192 (faculty/staff) or (510) 847-9407 (students) for help determining exactly when to get tested and/or stop isolating. If you were not exposed, you do not need to self isolate. You should continue doing the general precautions that everyone in the building should follow (see Building Policies and Ways To Keep Eachother Safe While Working At IGIB).
We may send emails to the building if someone shares their positive result with us, but it is not required and we will never share additional identifying information.
UHS has lots of information on this topic, as well as an Occupational Health Covid Hotline (510) 332-7192 (faculty/staff) and (510) 847-9407 (students). They are working on a dashboard that will allow on campus workers to know where cases have been identified on campus, but it is still in progress.