Contact tracing is an effort to identify whom a COVID-positive individual has come into contact with and might have exposed to the virus. It is one measure to help contain the spread of infection.
Any Emerson community member who has been on campus and has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by a contact tracer. —The contact tracer may identify as a Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) or Massachusetts Department of Public Health/MassCollaborative official or a member of the Emerson College Contact Tracing Team. —The contact tracer will verify the identity of the person they are speaking with and ask about symptoms and about whom they came into face-to-face contact with for 10 to 15 minutes longer at a distance closer than 6 feet from one another with OR without wearing face cover. The contact tracer will determine next steps and recommendations for testing, quarantine, and isolation. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will not be identified and their name will not be shared with contacts.
To support timely notification and identification of contacts some Emerson staff have been trained/certified as contact tracers utilizing the Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing course, CDC training plans, and additional Emerson training. —Emerson will collaborate and coordinate contact tracing —for members of the Emerson community with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).
We expect the full cooperation of all community members who are called by a contact tracer as a result of a positive test. Cooperation, response, and participation in this effort is crucial in managing any spread of COVID-19 on campus.