When Will I Be Notified?

When Will I Be Notified?

Close Contact Notification Process

  • Any positive diagnosis of COVID-19 is reportable to Yolo County Public Health (YCPH) by the treating physician. YCPH is then responsible to identify any close contact exposures to the individual with COVID-19 through their contact tracing program.
  • UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services is building a contact tracing team that works on the YCPH reporting platform and will assist this process.
  • UC Davis Risk Management and Occupational Health teams also conduct an investigation to identify close contacts and facilities’ exposure risks as soon as possible.  
  • In most cases identification and communication to close contacts identified by Occupational Health happens within 24 hours of original notice through the reportcovid@ucdavis.edu listserve.

Facility Exposure Risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes cleaning and disinfection procedures for areas used by someone diagnosed with COVID-19. That process requires waiting 24 hours after the exposure before beginning cleaning. It also defines a seven-day window after which the area no longer requires additional cleaning.

There is no protocol to notify people who have entered an area that has been used by someone with COVID-19. There is a protocol to close off an area known to be used by someone with COVID-19 within the last seven days.

How Notifications Work

  • You will be notified if you are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 through the process described above. Unless you are an asymptomatic essential worker, you may also receive instructions to quarantine.
  • You will be notified if you supervise someone who has been quarantined, including work restrictions and the need to collect a doctor’s note prior to returning to work.
    • Do not send any further communication regarding the work restriction to anyone else.
    • You may communicate needed adjustments to workload and schedule if the work restriction affects business process needs.
  • You will be notified if there is a facility concern that presents a current risk to campus as described by the Facility Exposure Risk above, the building area will be closed and signs installed. Preview sign
    • Do not send a broad communication if the closure of an area can be effectuated by posting the closure sign.
  • You will not be notified when there was someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in your area, floor or building in the past, or when a coworker is placed on quarantine. The information infringes on the privacy of the affected individual, and there is nothing actionable about having that information. Instead, you are strongly encouraged to conduct yourself as if every building or area you go into (on-campus or off) has recently been exposed to the coronavirus. This means maintaining appropriate mitigations such as hand hygiene, wearing a face covering, and maintaining physical distancing.